Bookmark and Share   Nov. 20, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 47 Issue 541

WWI Medals Returned to Descendant via Archives

BY JULIA M. ARMSTRONG, archivist for the BHS

00C395C1-9763-4855-9918-24EEB704FA89Margaret Clydesdale (right) was reunited with her grandfather Ernest Henry Bake's WWI medals thanks to Shawn MacNeil (left), a Veteran Service officer for the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 447 in Corunna, and the Bayfield Historical Society. (Photos by Stephanie Talbot)  

When Margaret (Bake) Clydesdale, of Clinton, answered a request from the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS), she had no idea what connections were about to unfold.

For its Remembrance Day display, the BHS put out a call for a historic military uniform. Clydesdale lent two uniforms that had been worn by her father, Leslie Bake, during the Second World War. Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, in 1919, Bake served in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps (RCASC) in France, Belgium, and Holland. He died in London, Ontario, in 2005.

BHS President Ruth Gibson entered Clydesdale’s family history into to help her uncover more genealogical information. The family tree came to the attention of Shawn MacNeil of the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Corunna (south of Sarnia), who then reached out to the Bayfield Archives. The Corunna Legion, he explained, had received a donation of military memorabilia that included three medals awarded to Ernest Henry Bake, a soldier who served during the First World War. MacNeil had been hoping to track down family members.

B2F04AF5-3703-4E68-AD4E-09E461EC718CThe three medals returned to the family are the British Victory Medal, the Canadian Victory Medal and Great War for Civilization Medal.  

Gibson was able to confirm that Ernest Henry Bake (b. 1887 in Halifax, England) was indeed Leslie Bake’s father – Clydesdale’s grandfather. She was overwhelmed to learn of the existence of her grandfather’s WWI medals, and MacNeil was extremely pleased to find descendants and to return the medals for safekeeping. He arranged to come to the Bayfield Archives for a very special Remembrance Day gathering attended by Clydesdale, Gibson, and Archives Assistant Stephanie Talbot. It was a poignant moment as he presented the BHS and the Bake family with Ernest’s WWI medals next to Leslie’s WWII uniform on display. CTV London’s Scott Miller captured the emotional occasion and the story aired three times on Nov. 11. Watch the story here:

Anyone interested in having the Bayfield Archives help research their family tree, is invited to email Gibson at For a donation of $50 (based on a two-hour search), the Archives will provide an online Pedigree Tree. For $100, we will prepare an expanded online Family Tree, including any available photos and original records. Gift certificates for this research service are available – an excellent Christmas gift that supports the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre.

food bank grateful to community seeks secretary 

The Bayfield Area Food Bank continues to be extremely grateful to the community that supports its efforts. On Saturday, Nov. 16 at the annual Santa Claus Parade and other Christmas related activities in the village the Food Bank was remembered with generous donations.

“The volunteers with the Food Bank would like to thank the organizations that collected the food items and cash on our behalf and to the community for their caring and continued support which enables us to help those members who are struggling to meet their needs. Thank-you!”

The Food Bank is most appreciative of the firefighters with the Bayfield and Area Fire Department who collected donations along the parade route; to Bayfield Foodland for arranging the food items to donate at the store and to The Glee Sisters and the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for the delightful performance of “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas!” at which admission was by donation to the Food Bank.

The Bayfield Area Food Bank is a volunteer non-profit organization committed to helping feed those who struggle to put food on their tables in this region. Formerly known as “Feed My Sheep” this local group has been in operation for over 15 years under the auspices of Trinity St. James Anglican Church, and has just recently applied for charitable status with Revenue Canada.

Once a month, assorted volunteers gather to sort, pack and distribute groceries including fresh dairy, meat, eggs, fruit and vegetables, along with canned and boxed goods, to area families in need. Food is donated by the community through various initiatives, and the Huron County Food Distribution Centre. Volunteer drivers deliver the food directly to clients’ homes.

The Food Bank is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly to oversee operations and make plans for budgeting, fundraising, public relations, policies and procedures. The Board is presently seeking someone to serve as Secretary. Computer skills required, and board experience an asset. The job would entail preparing the agenda and taking minutes for the monthly meeting, approximately five to six hours month. Volunteer Police Check required.

If you are interested, please contact Boa-Youmatoff by email:



IMG_8455Three generations were offering up hot chocolate and glow-in-the-dark necklaces on behalf of the Bayfield Skating Club - Sierra and Jody Whetstone and Joan Merner (centre).  

Snow arrived in the village on Nov. 7 and it stuck around for Christmas in Bayfield so it was a pleasant yet rather chilly Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square on Nov. 16.

Despite the cold temperatures, or maybe because of them, another large crowd gathered in the park. In fact, the number of young families in attendance seemed to be on the increase. They pressed up and into the gazebo in anticipation of the arrival of two special guests.

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosted their 28th annual ceremony on Nov. 16 with a musician entertaining the crowd prior to the lighting. Bluewater Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone acted as MC for the evening and led the countdown encouraging the audience to count very loudly.

Once the switches were thrown the lights twinkled across the park. They seemed even more vibrant as extra attention had been paid both to the gazebo and the park’s regal Blue Spruce. Within minutes the Bayfield fire truck arrived carrying Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the excitement generating from the crowd of eager youngsters reached a fevered pitch. The couple spent a lot of time visiting with youngsters and posing for pictures.

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society members did a brisk business serving up hot dogs while the Bayfield Skating Club offered hot chocolate and glow sticks to those who attended the event. An appearance by the Living Snow Globe, housing some very excited members of Bayfield Guiding, also added to the evening’s merriment.

IMG_8457Bridget and Jenny Shanahan kept warm sipping hot chocolate while waiting patiently for the lights to be lit and Santa to arrive.

IMG_8458Volunteers with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society served up hotdogs to those people who attended the tree lighting ceremony.

IMG_4032 Christmas music created a lovely ambience prior to the tree lighting. (Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_8479 Is that a fire truck they see coming down the street?

IMG_8483 Ward Councilor for Bayfield within the Municipality of Bluewater, Bill Whetstone led the countdown to the lighting of the lights with a very enthusiastic crowd.

IMG_8489First glimpse of Santa 2019 at the Tree Lighting in Clan Gregor Square on Friday, Nov. 15.  

IMG_8490Santa welcomes the first children in line to come and bend his ear.

IMG_8495Watching Santa from a discreet distance.  

IMG_8496Parents and grandparents had their phones at the ready to capture the big moment with Santa.  

IMG_8498Elliot and Arlo Beattie were two of the first in line to visit with Santa.

IMG_8497Kyle and Nolan Geddis seemed awed by the proximity of Santa Claus.  


cEntre for the arts 

Due to a conflicting number of community events on the same day the Outreach Sessions scheduled for Dec. 5 regarding the concept of developing a Visual Art Centre in Bayfield have been cancelled.

In its place those individuals behind the concept are inviting people to participate in a Community Survey. Please take the time to fill out the survey, so that they can better serve the needs of the county. Participation is greatly appreciated and it should take under five minutes.

Click on the survey:
Anyone wishing updates on the project are asked to please go to and leave their contact info. A rescheduled date for a community conversation will be announced in the new year.


Three concerned village citizens are looking for like-minded individuals to reignite the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).

Recently, Roger Lewington, Dave MacLaren and Ken Larone were discussing Bluewater Council’s concept of creating a secondary plan to expand the size of Bayfield potentially opening farmland east and south of the village to development. If council decides to proceed with this idea, the three men feel it would be proactive to re-start the BRA.

What is a ratepayers’ association? A ratepayers' association is a group of residents and/or land owners within a geographically bounded area that come together to address issues affecting their community. The BRA has been dormant for the past four years.

Anyone concerned about maintaining the historical character of the village and avoiding potential cookie-cutter neighborhoods while promoting sustainable growth should consider attending a meeting the three men will be hosting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Chocolatey mint campaign 


Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And at $5 a box they make terrific hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

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.

Life at the Rink

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Stephen Oldtimers tonight (Nov. 20) starting at 8:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night (Nov. 21) Bayfield 50+ will play against Goderich 1 50+ at 8 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



Gobble up some fun at the Bayfield Lions’ Turkey Bingo on Monday, Dec. 2.

The doors to the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Bingo starting at 7 p.m. This is one of the most anticipated events of the festive season with an opportunity to win 16 Turkeys as well as some Share the Wealth games.

Huron Hospice 


Remembering a life and finding peace is what the Huron Hospice “Hope for the Holidays, Community Celebration” is all about.

This celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 starting at 7 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.

This evening of remembrance will feature guest soloist Marianne Hogan accompanied by Jennifer Miltenburg. In addition to the music, there will be readings and a candle lighting. Refreshments will be provided by Haskett Funeral Homes.

For more information call 519 482-3440 Ext. 6302.

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 last day to drop a letter in the box will be Dec. 13 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.

Wreath Sale

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) now have their wreaths and Swags for sale. 

These beautiful handmade wreaths and swags are made of Natural Grape Vine, White Pine, Blue Spruce, Red Cedar, Scots Pine, Juniper and Holly Berries. These evergreens are all natural to the Bayfield Area. Each piece is created as an individual style of art.

The wreaths and swags range in price from $25-$35. Bows are $4 each. These wreaths are made with locally sourced boughs by local volunteer supporting a Local organization that has a history of 163 years in the Bayfield community. It can’t get more “local” than that!

Place an order by Nov. 23 by contacting Don Brodie at 519 871-2852. Payments should be made with a cheque made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society or cash. Payment will be received at pickup.


75550353_476585876313964_7359575969507573760_nDara Meades, an employee at Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, poses with the collection bin for the Period Poverty campaign. People are invited to drop off new underwear and feminine hygiene products to be donated to local schools from now until Nov. 22. Items can also be dropped off at The Bayfield Beauty Shop. (Submitted photo)  

Women’s March Canada’s Huron Chapter is working to end Period Poverty during their Panty Drive for local schools from now until Nov. 22.

The group is asking area residents to donate underwear and women’s hygiene products. They are also asking people to think of green options when shopping. These purchases might include 100 per cent cotton Tampons and pads; diva cups or reusable maxis.

Donations may be dropped off in Goderich at Wuerth’s Shoes or Cait’s Café, both located on The Courthouse Square; or in Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters or the Bayfield Beauty Shop.

Bayfield Travel Club

The third meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.

It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

Due to a dramatic increase in attendance, the club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at a new location, The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.

The point of discussion, will be culinary travel that will continue into the Jan. 11 meeting, with a special guest from Collette Tours.



In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, Bayfield artist Dwight Nelson has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art, named “Forest for the Trees for the Forest”.

This piece will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library during the month of November. Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame.

The silent auction will close on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m., during which time the highest bidder will be contacted. The piece measures 16” x 20”.

Health unit

November is National Radon Action Month, and the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) encourages residents to consider testing their homes for radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas in the ground. It can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. Radon released from the ground into the air is not a concern, but in enclosed areas radon levels can build up and be harmful to health. Long-term exposure to elevated levels of radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Radon can be found all over Ontario. According to Health Canada, 11 per cent of randomly selected homes in Huron County tested above the Canadian Guideline for radon in 2012.

“The only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it,” said Public Health Inspector Chris Boyes. “Radon test kits are available at most major home renovation stores, or can be purchased online. Taking appropriate measures to reduce radon levels from your home could greatly benefit your health.”

Health Canada recommends homeowners do a long-term radon test, for a minimum of three months, during the fall or winter months. To get the most accurate results, the radon detector should be placed in the lowest level of the home where homeowners spend a minimum of four hours per day.

For more information on radon and radon testing, call the HCHU at 1-877-837-6143 or visit

Poinsettia Festival 

Huron Ridge Greenhouses is offering people three opportunities to experience their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event.

This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by, will run Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7.

The greenhouse is open from noon 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.



flash mob surprised people waiting for santa claus parade


IMG_8529(Photo by John Pounder)  

Norma Preszcator, with Carry on Cloggers, had always wanted to organize a Flash Mob so on the morning of Nov. 16 her goal was achieved when more than 75 people stopped traffic on Main Street in Bayfield to dance to festive tunes.

At approximately 10:40 a.m., a few minutes before the annual Santa Claus Parade came down the street, the dancers attracted the attention of spectators waiting for the parade to begin. It was a great festive surprise to kick off the Christmas season.

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Movie nights and holiday open house on horizon at museum 

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters for another successful year including all the visitors who came to visit the sites, enjoy the exhibits, take part in programs or research in the archives, and the volunteers who helped staff at the sites make each event successful.

Thank you as well to our many sponsors and supporters who enabled the sites to tell even more Huron County stories: B. M. Ross & Associates for sponsorship of the Iron Willed: Women in STEM exhibit; Compass Minerals for funding the school bus program; Huron Branch Ontario Ancestors for generous donation towards the digitization project; Cait’s Café, Coastal Coffee Company and Shopbike Coffee Roasters for our coffee cup campaign; Huron Arts and Heritage Network, The Print Shop, CKNX/Blackburn Radio, ELG Electric Ltd. and Bon Vivant for support of the CASH! Event; Cowboy Painters for repainting the Sherman Tank; all local hotels, restaurants, business and tourism centres for promotion of our sites, and everyone else who donated in many ways to the success of our sites.

Thank you to our many partners in the community for their support to assist the Museum and Gaol with programming and events: Friends of the Huron County Museum, Huron County Library, Creative Huron, Rural Response for Healthy Children, Avon Maitland District School Board, Highland Strength and O.P.P. for program support at Historic Places Day, Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board for support of special programming, and Escape Room Goderich.

The Huron County Museum is not done for the season yet though! There is still time in November and December to visit the Museum. Two more Multilingual Movie Nights are scheduled. On Nov 21, Japanese film “Rashomon” featuring sushi and green tea snacks and Dec. 19, Saudia Arabia’s “Wadjda” with baba ganoush and Arabic tea snacks.

Visit the Museum and Gaol for their Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1- 4 p.m. Take a photo with Santa and enjoy crafts and a hot chocolate bar at the Museum. At the Gaol, learn about the life for the prisoners housed behind the stone walls during these seasons of celebration and enjoy the Governor’s home decorated in Edwardian splendor.

The final temporary exhibit of the year is currently on display as well at the Museum. The Huron County Art Show and Sale featuring artworks by Huron County artists and their impressions of Huron County continues until Dec. 8 Stop in, enjoy the art and maybe purchase one to take home or give as a gift this season.

And don’t forget that regular admission to the Museum is always free with a Huron County Library Card.

For more information about programs, events and exhibits visit or call 519 524-2686.

Gingerbread decorating attracts two hundred plus 

IMG_4362Candy corn, marshmallows, pretzels - the children had a variety of edible materials to design with.

Following the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade, on Saturday, Nov. 16, Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) members and friends hosted another successful Gingerbread Decorating event. More than 200 children came through the library doors and created some very yummy treats.

The children were able to decorate their cookies using a variety of Christmas goodies. They were also able to take home a Gingerbread recipe. Special thanks to all who helped to make this endeavor so much fun.

IMG_4363 Two hundred children got creative with their cookies at the Bayfield Public Library on Nov. 16 after the Santa Claus Parade during the Friends of the Bayfield Library's annual Gingerbread Decorating Event. (Submitted photos)  

IMG_4360 FOBL Volunteer Judith Higgs invited children to sign their name on a paper version of the gingerbread cookies they decorated.


 Hensall hall   

Canada's Largest Travelling Barn Dance is coming to the Hensall Heritage Hall on Sunday, Nov. 24.

The show will feature M.C. Jim Swan, Bill Weber, The Barn Dance Band, Crystal Gage, Randy Satchell, and Ashley Giles.

The hall doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m. Advance tickets are $35 and $40 at the door. Tickets are available at D&D Variety, Hensall Shell Station,, or call Kathy at 519 263-2343.

The Hensall Heritage Hall “Hall-y-Day Bazaar” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and promises something for everyone on those Christmas lists.

The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Lunch.

Vendors will include: Hill St. Bears, Choices, Dress It Up, Cozy Home and Accessories, Sweetlegs, Smitties, Jen V Glass Designs, Crafty Sue Wreaths, and Decor, Creations by Karen, Whimsicals, Crafts by Rita, Style n Silver, JMR Collections, Brookyn's Bedding and Bath, Epicure with Pat Pryde, Crafts by the Heritage Hall and Urn Drop-Ins.

habitat for humanity - huron  

At a formal Key Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 23, Habitat for Humanity Huron County will unveil a new Habitat home in Central Huron. Built by volunteers from across the county and backed by numerous sponsors including the Clinton branch of the Libro Credit Union, the new house will provide the deserving Partner Family, Reanne MacDonald and her three daughters, with a new beginning.

The Municipality of Central Huron initially donated the property to Habitat Huron County and construction began in Apr. 2017.

“It’s been a huge labor of love for the entire Habitat Huron County family, our donors, the Clinton community, and the many volunteers that played a part in, quite literally raising the walls of this home,” said Cheryl Jefferson, Executive director of Habitat Huron County. “No single Key Ceremony is like another – it’s a special opportunity for the community to celebrate them as they finally gain possession of their new home. It’s a life changing event for our families, and we’re thrilled to offer them a foundation so they can continue to build strength, stability and self-reliance.”

Through Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership model, families are required to complete 500 Partnership Hours as their commitment to Habitat. They are eligible to purchase a house, paying a mortgage to Habitat Huron County. In doing so, MacDonald and her family are ready to being their transition into the regular housing market. Not only are families getting a safe, decent place to call home, they are learning the value of home ownership.

The Clinton Key Ceremony and Open House will be held at 14 Dunlop Street from 2-3:30 p.m. The event will include presentations by the Clinton Horticultural Society and the Goderich Quilters Guild, welcome speeches from various dignitaries and the grand reveal of the Clinton home.

Lonely no more 

With the season of snow and ice having arrived it can be quite difficult for seniors to get out and about. The Lonely No More program can help bring social connections indoors.

The Lonely No More program, initiated earlier this year by Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) and the University of Waterloo, consisted of weekly Elder Circles, a teleconference call between isolated seniors, facilitated by trained community members (volunteers). The topics discussed at these calls were selected by the call participants. These circles were a great place for seniors to develop social networks without having to face the weather. These circles also empowered community members to become peer advocates for isolated and at-risk seniors.

Due to the pilot’s success, Gateway would like to offer this program again this winter. Anyone who is interested in participating in the program, becoming a volunteer or donating financially please contact 519 612-1053. Anyone who would like to learn about the other programs Gateway offers, visit their website at:

Handel’s Messiah

“Handel’s Messiah for our Community” will be presented by the South Huron Community Choir’s “Messiah Singers” with soloists and orchestra on Dec. 13.

The evening will highlight the efforts of Artistic Director Dr. Richard Heinzle and Accompanist Anne Spivey.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Exeter United Church, 42 Jane Street in Exeter. For tickets call Ruth at 519 235-1778. They are on sale now for $25 or $30 at the door.

sound of Goderich

“Sound of Goderich” returns on Nov. 24 at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich.

The afternoon concert will begin at 3 p.m. and highlight the talents of the Goderich Laketown Band, Mackay Choristers, Goderich Harbouraires Men’s Choir with special guests the Huron Handbells.

Tickets are available now at Fincher’s or Ernie King Music, both in Goderich, for $15. Children 12 and under are free.

Livery Filmfest 

Many thanks to the over 100 film enthusiasts who came to the first of three films in this fall's Livery Film Series. From past audience surveys, we know that some of you travel from as far as Belgrave, Brussels, Blyth and Bayfield. You won't want to miss the upcoming film for November.

Sometimes, Always, Never 

Nov. 21 brings Bill Nighy and Sam Riley in the comedy/drama/mystery film “Sometimes, Always, Never”.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Tickets at the door are $12. Mark your calendars and check the Livery Facebook page or website before you set out:

Airforce Show 


The MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich will be the location for Sgt. Wilson’s Airforce Show as they present, “The Vintage Sound of the 40s and 50s” on Dec. 6.

From Almelo-The Netherlands Music at the Hangar will feature music by the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and others.

There will be two shows at the centre, located at 10 Nelson St E. in Goderich, the first at 2 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please call 519 524-6660 for tickets. The production is sponsored by the ABC Investments.

horticultural society - clinton 

“Essential Oil 101” presented by Sue will be the focus of the next Clinton Horticultural Society meeting tonight (Nov. 20).

All are welcome to attend the meeting that will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the OMAFRA building, 100 Don Street in Clinton.


Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is pleased to invite people throughout the riding to nominate and recognize the remarkable dedication and volunteer work done by local citizens.

The 8th 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. 8, 2020 (if necessary, the snow date will be Jan. 15.).

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. To date, 138 remarkable citizens have been recognized.

"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 contributions 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. PO Box 426, N0M 1H0) or Kincardine (807 Queen St. Unit 3, PO Box 834 N2Z 2Y2).

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. 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.


Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice? The website, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.

Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.

"People are pleased to have one place to visit to find out what is going on in the village on a daily basis,” Spence said.







Volume 11

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, the Bayfield Archives recently accepted a rather unique donation, an LP produced in 1967 showcasing some local talent. The LP was donated by Jamie McDougall of the Little Inn of Bayfield.

It features “The Bayfield Ladies Trio” comprised of Ann Chapman, Louise Talbot and Anna Nichols with Muriel Snider on the piano. Anyone else got a copy in their record collection or know more about the singers?



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



Doug Willock was inspired by the Take a Look series of articles that were run in this publication in the weeks leading up to the 2019 Ontario Heritage Conference (OHC) held in early June, to write a few of his own recollections of people who have been a part of the village tapestry over the years. In Issue 539, he remembers Mrs. Hopkins.

Mrs. Hopkins kept a store on Main Street to the south of the former Red Pump (The Lakehouse), which in the 1960’s changed hands it seemed every couple of years.

Before moving into Bayfield, Mrs. Hopkins had a farm out where the Berry Farm is now located. It was dry land and hard to generate an income.

Her husband had fought in World War One and had suffered a mustard gas attack. He lived and returned to Mrs. Hopkins, but it was a hard life for them both. When I met Mrs. Hopkins in the 1960s, Mr. Hopkins had already died of his war wounds.

One day, I agreed to help Mrs. Hopkins pull weeds and tidy the backyard of the Main Street store. Payment was to be in postage stamps. That evening, having kept my part of the bargain, and Mrs. Hopkins was never shy to tell anyone what she thought, I was invited into her house. By the light of a lamp she pulled out her postage stamp albums and showed me all kinds of stamps, mostly from Canada and the United States. What captured my imagination was how beautiful the American stamps were from around the 1900s as I had never seen any before. Being an amateur stamp collector, I was much more familiar with the stamps of Canada and Brazil as that is where I received my first stamp album.

I cannot remember what stamps Mrs. Hopkins gave me, but I always remember that wonderful evening we had together and often think of her when I pass by her old store.

In Issue 540


On Oct. 23, Issue 537, we shared a story about former Bayfield resident Walter Westlake. This prompted Gary Brandon, of Bayfield, to share a picture that he had of Westlake and his Great Uncle Abe Brandon from their days in the service.

This image was taken in 1916 with Abe Brandon, on the right and Walter Westlake, on the left. It was taken at Camp Borden where the pair completed their training before heading overseas. The two friends began their training in the Spring of 1916 in Clinton and then they were merged with Goderich, Clinton and Seaforth as part of the 161st Huron Battalion. In October they were sent to Halifax for more training and then sailed to England where they completed their trench training at Salisbury Plain. From there they crossed the channel as part of the Fourth Canadian Division and fought in France.

The good news was that the pair, along with Abe’s brother Harold (and Gary’s grandfather), all returned home and were discharged in Toronto in March of 1919. All remained great friends for the remainder of their lives.



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christmas in bayfield   

parade warms hearts of spectators despite chill 


IMG_8550Brian Brandon, Tom and Joe Genoch led the parade in a Bayfield and Area Fire Department truck.

IMG_8557Firefighter Ian Gordon was joined by Briar Gordon and Austin Steckle along the parade route.  

IMG_8558Josie McClinchey was proud to wave to the crowds from a fire truck.  

IMG_8569Clinton Pipes and Drums Legion Branch 140 was one of three bands that took part in Christmas in Bayfield's 28th annual parade.  

IMG_8584Clinton Spring Fair had an entry in the parade to promote their Demolition Derby held the first weekend in June.  

IMG_8586The members of the Seaforth and District All Girls Marching Band provided festive music during the parade.

 UntitledWinter Camping with Friends was the theme of the float created by the members of Bayfield Guiding with support from the Bayfield Optimist Club.

IMG_8727Lion Jack Pal pulled the Bayfield Lions' Club's float in the parade.  

IMG_8601The ontingent of Sesame Street characters were busy sweeping the clouds away along the parade route on Saturday.  

IMG_8620This fellow was on hand to help make Christmas in Bayfield great again?!  

IMG_8751And the moment everyone was waiting for...Santa Claus, accompanied by Mrs. Claus, waved, called out to children of all ages and blew kisses from on high!



The wind chill on the morning of Nov. 16 brought finger and toe numbing cold but thankfully the sun came out to warm up those hundreds of spectators that gathered to watch the Bayfield Santa Claus Parade. The crowd gathered from the Little Inn to The Albion Hotel could have been record breaking - people were standing shoulder to shoulder - perhaps in an effort to keep warm.

Predictably Santa Claus was the most anticipated participant in the parade that boasted over 60 entries. The spectacle included three bands, float entries from far and near, dancers, a cast of characters including a presidential look-a-like and lots of smiling folks handing out candy.

It was the 11th year for the current organizing committee of volunteers and they should be commended for once again doing a wonderful job.

IMG_8597The Grinch was a popular guy on Saturday morning despite his nasty ways.

IMG_8699Lake Huron Chrysler, of Goderich, brought some whimsy to the parade.  

IMG_8708The Bayfield Garage entries are always favorites with the crowd.  

IMG_8720River Road Brewing and Hops wished everyone a happy holiday.

IMG_8725Serena and Bobby Snell represented Pizza by the Square.

IMG_8734Miniature horses charmed the spectators.

IMG_8637Once again Virtual High School had a colorful presence at the parade.  

IMG_8644Zero Gravity Dance Company showed off their moves as they rounded Clan Gregor Square.  

IMG_8650Everybody loves a parade as evidenced by this enthusiastic participant riding on the Bayfield Tree Service entry.  

IMG_8661D & D Glass and Mirror, of Vanastra, always makes a most beautiful addition to the parade.  

IMG_8669Wendy Johnston represented Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy in the parade.  

IMG_8681Dwyer Landscaping, of Walton, had perhaps the sweetest little entry in the parade this year.  

IMG_8632The Bayfield and Area Firefighters collected cash and food donations along the parade route for the Bayfield Food Bank. Firefighter Nathan McBride was joined by son Jack on the parade route.  



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 This week, our travel log continues…

On Oct. 17, our cruise ship docked in Barcelona, Spain. We were looking forward to visiting this city again after our first visit in the Spring. We had booked a cruise tour to explore the Cava Pages Entrena Winery, think champagne but the Spanish version; and the Simon Coll Chocolate Factory. While we were waiting for the remainder of our tour group we had time to chat with both our guide and the bus driver and it was then we learned about the strained political climate facing the country at that very moment with a mass protest scheduled to hit the heart of the city the very next day.

Thousands of people were walking to Barcelona that week and tensions were building daily. Our guide explained what it stemmed from the ongoing struggle for the independence of the Catalonian people. Just a few days earlier 12 leaders of the separatist movement had been sentenced to 13 years in prison and outrage among the people resulted.

The day was a lovely one – both the chocolate factory and the cava winery were delightful. Both big fans of handcrafted chocolate we came away with two bags full of the decadent treats and a bottle of cava - mostly for gifts. Honest. The tours were also educational and we learned a lot about the process of creating both chocolate and cava.

When it was time to head back to Barcelona we soon learned that the police had closed the main highway as protestors were gathering near our access to join in or continue the march on the city. Our bus was turned back and our guide and the driver quickly coordinated their GPS maps to find an alternate route. Both joked that if we were delayed at least we had both chocolate and cava onboard to keep us sated. This route took us on the backroads outside Barcelona and provided us terrific views of Montserrat, a multi-peaked mountain range.

After a bit of driving we came back across the main highway and could see that there was some traffic so we were able to return to it and were shortly back at the port.

Over the next few days on the ship we watched what news we could to learn how the protest was evolving and we were very much saddened to see how violent and destructive it became. Our thoughts were with both our guide and driver who wished for peaceful protests and an opportunity for the Catalonian people to have a referendum for independence. – Melody


Simon Coll Chocolate Factory was known for their beautiful packaging. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Cava Pages Entrena Winery. 


The cellars of the Cava Pages Entrena Winery.


Protestors heading to the highway.  


Protestors were of all ages.


Montserrat, a multi-peaked mountain range. 

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