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generosity overwhelms bayfield food bank 



Upper photo:Brad and Melissa Maidment offered shoppers the opportunity to purchase pre-packaged groceries for the Bayfield Food Bank and the Bayfield Firefighters held a food drive at the grocery store on Saturday as well as collecting cash donations and food along the route of the Santa Claus parade. Rev. Wayne Mallot and Terry Boa-Youmatoff from Feed My Sheep accepted the food from the Maidments on Saturday afternoon. Lower photo: On the job accepting donations at the grocery store were l-r: Don Knox, Tim Hoover, Brad Maidment, Kyle Kruse, Josh McClinchey, and Chief Jack Bender. (Submitted photos)   

Once again visitors to and residents of the Bayfield community proved that they care by sharing with those less fortunate.

The Bayfield Fire Department held their annual Food Drive on Saturday collecting non-perishable items and cash donations along the Santa Claus parade route and then they set up camp at Bayfield Foodland accepting pre-packed grocery bags for the Bayfield Food Bank, Feed My Sheep.

“From donations along the parade route and the fire department spending the afternoon at Bayfield Foodland, they were able to collect six heaping grocery carts full of food and over $1,200 in cash donations!” said Brad Maidment, owner of Bayfield Foodland, as well as a Bayfield Firefighter.

Later in the day The Glee Sisters choir also collected cash donations and food items for the local food bank at their annual children’s concert.

Feed My Sheep representatives were overwhelmed by the generosity.

“Saturday was a busy, fun day for all in Bayfield! The spirit of Christmas abounded at the Santa Claus Parade where the firefighters collected donations as well as the delightful presentation of the Glee Sisters concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing Feed My Sheep. “We thank all those who so kindly contributed to the many events in support of our project to provide food in a dignified manner for those struggling to meet their needs. Thank-you for caring and sharing.”

Even the community’s youngest members got into the spirit of giving. Brownies, Guides and Pathfinders from the Bayfield units took up the task of sorting and packing the donated non-perishables on Sunday afternoon to lessen the work of Bayfield Food Bank volunteers.

first responders recognized for life-saving skills 

Those involved in a life saving operation in Zurich on Aug. 27 were honored and recognized by county officials recently. L-r: ACO Kellie Lawson, ACO Alicia Dodds, Paramedic Marion Taylor, Fire District Chief David Erb, Firefighter Doug Findlay, Firefighter Marty Merner, Retired Paramedic Brian Steckle, Sandra Barkley, Past Warden Joe Steffler, CAO Brenda Orchard, Chief of Emergency Service Jeff Horseman and Director of Operations Steven Lund. (Submitted photos)

Huron County Council recognized several first responders from the region for their life-saving skills during a special ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

These two real life scenarios that the first responders found themselves in played out as follows:

On Saturday, Aug. 27, a couple from Niagara Falls, ON were visiting the Zurich Bean Festival for the annual car show. They arrived early with other family members and decided to go to the arena for the Zurich Minor Athletic Association breakfast.

Upon entering the ice surface, Mrs. Barkley collapsed after having a sudden cardiac arrest. Zurich Firefighters Marty Merner, Doug Findlay and retired paramedic Brian Steckle came to Mrs. Barkley’s aid. They quickly did an assessment and found her to be without vital signs, at which point CPR was initiated. These first responders called 911 and used the Public Access Defibrillator from the Zurich arena to administer a shock. Upon calling 911, Ambulance Communication Officer (ACO) call-taker Kellie Lawson and ACO Alicia Dodds assisted the responders on scene with instructions for Mrs. Barkley’s care and dispatched an ambulance.

Huron County Paramedic Services crew Mitchel Homuth and Marion Taylor were at the Zurich station and subsequently arrived to the scene within three minutes of being contacted. Upon arrival they found Mrs. Barkley to be unconscious but with a pulse. After completing their assessments and stabilizing Mrs. Barkley, the crew transported her to South Huron Hospital with District Chief Erb attending as Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). Homuth felt there was a possibility of re-arrest. To their amazement, upon arrival at South Huron Hospital, Mrs. Barkley was conscious and able to answer simple questions. After being stabilized further at South Huron Hospital the crew transported Mrs. Barkley to London for further treatment.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the London Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC) received a 911 call for an individual in medical distress in the Town of Goderich.

Those involved in a life saving operation in Goderich on Aug. 31 were honored and recognized by county officials recently. L-r: Paramedic David Wagner, ACO Virginia Davis, ACO Sheri Berndt, Paramedic Gary Renaud, Paramedic Heather Malley, Allan Pollard, Past Warden Joe Steffler, CAO Brenda Orchard, Chief of 
Emergency Service Jeff Horseman and Director of Operations Steven Lund. (Submitted photos)   

ACO Virginia Davis took the call from Mrs. Pollard and assisted her over the phone to provide first aid to her husband, Allan, who was suffering chest pain. At the same time, ACO Sheri Berndt was dispatching an ambulance from the Huron County Paramedic Services’ Goderich station. Mr. Pollard’s condition worsened and ACO Davis listened to Mr. Pollard’s breathing over the phone and attempted to have Mrs. Pollard get her husband to the floor to start CPR as she recognized he was having agonal respirations. Mrs. Pollard was unable to do so as she could not lift her husband.

Huron County Paramedic Services PCP crew Heather Malley and Gary Renaud were dispatched to the residence and upon arrival assessed Mr. Pollard and found that he had now suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Malley and Renaud initiated their medical directive for sudden cardiac arrest. Renaud started CPR while Malley attached the cardiac monitor. Malley was then able to shock Mr. Pollard. After a reassessment his pulse had returned. As Mr. Pollard was being packaged for transport he experienced another cardiac arrest. Malley administered a subsequent shock. After two minutes of CPR, Mr. Pollard was reassessed and a strong carotid pulse was found. PCPs David Wagner and David Ludwig arrived to assist in removing him from his house where he became semi-conscious.

The crew then transported Mr. Pollard to Alexandra Marine and General Hospital where he was stabilized. The crew then transported Mr. Pollard to St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener to be treated further.


Cheque-Presentation The VHS Run For Kids event held on Labour Day Weekend has reached its final tally - $7,754 was raised to support Make-A-Wish Child Memphis. Nine-year-old Memphis is living with Cystic Fibrosis. He enjoys video games and building Lego in his spare time. He plays hockey and does triathlons! Memphis has a cat named “Trader” and a dog known as “Lightning”. Memphis’ wish is now to go on a Caribbean Cruise so he can experience the greatest adventure of his life! He loves exploring and learning about history and culture and is excited to eat different kinds of food and try new things. The Virtual High School and the Optimist Club of Bayfield teamed up for the second time to host the run for Make-A-Wish South Western Ontario (SWO). The cheque was recently presented at the VHS’ office in Bayfield. L-r: Carley Andison and Charlene Marsman, of Make-A-Wish SWO; Joyce McIlwain, president of the Bayfield Optimists; Janet Brunswick, Bayfield Optimists and Jackie Loebach, Kim Loebach and Lisa Bedard, all representing VHS. (Submitted photo)

Time to nominate the Conservationist of the Year 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has celebrated seven decades of partnerships (1946 to 2016) in its 70th anniversary year. The local conservation authority, for more than 30 of those years, has honored local Conservationists of the Year. The annual award returns in 2017. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has presented the award since 1984. The ABCA is inviting you to nominate a person, farm, business, or organization that does positive work in the local watershed community.

“I would like to thank all the municipalities and individuals who have nominated someone for this award in past years,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Brian Horner. “I also invite you to consider nominating a person, farm, business, or organization for the coming year.”

Past winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award include rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities. Each award winner is a business, organization, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there.

The nomination form and award guidelines are available on the ABCA website at Simply type in ‘award’ in the search box at the top of the home page and then press ‘Search’ to find the page. Or, you can go directly to the page at this link:

The award is to be presented on March 16 at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, 2 KM east of Exeter.

The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. To learn more please call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

It is because of community partnerships that work can be completed for the benefit of water, soil, and living things, said Horner.

“The Conservationist of the Year Award is a way we say thanks and to honor the community partners who make it all possible,” he said.


_MG_5430-2 Lorraine Dietz, of Massage Therapy on the Square, (centre) invited special guests to join her in an official ribbon cutting for her new business located in the historic Connor House on Clan Gregor Square. Joining in the ceremony were: Shaun Henry, vice president of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC); Mayor of Bluewater Tyler Hessel, Cathy Armour, Registered Massage Therapist; and Leanne Kavanagh, president of the BACC. (Submitted photo)

More than one hundred Voices to Perform Messiah at Knox

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More than 120 choristers, including these members of the Blyth Festival Singers, will raise their voices to perform Handel's master opus "Messiah" on Dec. 4 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich. (Submitted photo)

Join the Blyth Festival Singers and Stratford Concert Choir at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich for the concert event of the season on Dec. 4.

More than 120 singers will raise their voices to perform Handel's master opus
"Messiah" starting at 3 p.m. One of Canada's foremost organists, Ian Sadler will accompany the mass choir on Knox's grand pipe organ - flooding the space with the powerful strains of this epic work.

Collaborations between Ian Sadler and conductor Sharon Poelstra have included Messiah on three previous occasions but this is the first time that their two choirs, the Blyth Festival Singers and the Stratford Concert Choir, will have the pleasure of performing together.

Soprano Jessica Tweedle, Mezzo Soprano Amanda Weatherall, Tenor Marcel vanHelden and Baritone Pat Bowman will join the mass choir. Goderich's own Murray Keith, on Timpani, and Julia Vaughan, on Trumpet will add their own special magic to the performance.

Many are not aware that Handel turned to composition when a stroke rendered him unable to perform. He was nearly blind when he composed 'Messiah".
Though traditionally sung at Easter or Christmas, the sacred work encompasses the life and passion of Christ. Its first performance was on Apr. 13, 1742 in a concert hall on Fishmongers Street in Dublin, Ireland because it was considered too controversial for a church. Two hundred and seventy-two years after its inaugural performance audiences still flock to hear this majestic oratorio at Christmas, and rise in elation as the signature "Hallelujah Chorus" fills the hall.

Adult tickets are $20. Youth under 16 years of age can get their first taste of this masterwork for only $10. Tickets can be purchased from the
Blyth Festival Singers or the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300 or
online at And, with seating for over 400 at Knox, you can even take your chances at a last minute ticket at the door. A reception will follow the performance.

Poelstra is the director of the Blyth Festival Singers. The group falls under the umbrella of the Blyth Centre for the Arts.

help raise the Thermometer 

The target is set - $600,000 – and there’s a long way to go. The new Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017; help is needed now to reach this fundraising goal.

“Fundraising is a key part of the strategy and we are approaching corporations and service industries, local business, financial institutions and insurance companies to donate to the cause – and a good number have already lent their support. For this, we are very thankful, but the drive is still on. The $600,000 is the balance needed to boost the Ministry grant to be able to complete the expansion,” said Julian Bayley, a member of the BAFHT Board of Directors.

Several local initiatives such as, the Wackabout Golf Tournament and the Trip a Month draw have been introduced to raise funds – the golf tournament contributed significantly to the expansion and the vacation draw will bring in even more.

The thermometer is currently at 25 per cent of the fundraising goal of $600,000.

The new BAFHT medical facility will be an important health care hub in the area, so now is the time to get involved. It’s not just about money either, there is always something to do, volunteer to help organize and run an event, but make a point of being part of this exciting development, he suggested.

With another physician joining the team, BAFHT staff includes four doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistant, registered nurse and social worker. The facility has 13 examination rooms and is poised to register new patients.

Patients looking for a new family doctor or anyone wanting to help with fundraising should call Executive Director, Paula Kroll at 519 236-4413.


On Nov. 19, after the Santa Claus Parade, the Glee Sisters gave two performances at the Bayfield Town Hall that were fun for the whole family. This year they chose "A Charlie Brown Christmas" as their theme because it has been 50 years since the original television special first aired and a book has been published in celebration. Here from l-r Sue Scott, Sharon Brown and Elise Feltrin rock out! To see all the antics of Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the whole gang be sure to check out next week's issue of the Bayfield Breeze. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  



Turkey bingo 

Dec. 5 is the date for the much anticipated Bayfield Lions’ Annual Turkey Bingo.

The doors of the Bayfield Community Centre will open at 6:30 p.m. the games starting at 7 p.m. Fifteen turkeys will be available to be won along with several Share-the-Wealth games. In addition a turkey will be offered as a door prize.

Admission remains at $5 per person and includes one Bingo Card. All are welcome!

Bird Count

Calling all bird-lovers! Volunteers are needed for a Christmas Bird Count (CBC) to be held under the auspices of Bird Studies Canada.

The CBC will take place on a day yet to be determined between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. The count will be centered at Parr Line and Bayfield Road with a diameter of 24 KMS.

If interested in learning more or participating please email Eryk Burns at

archivist needed

The Bayfield Historical Society Board (BHSB) announces that Ralph Laviolette is retiring as the volunteer archivist.

For the past seven years, they have benefited greatly from his commitment and contributions. These include but are not limited to organizing and indexing much of the historical material, creating summer student job training and researcher positions, overseeing the website upgrade, researching and writing documents, organizing historical tours, responding to the constant stream of queries and representing the BHS throughout Huron County. The Board of Directors would like to thank him for his extensive work in promoting the history of Bayfield.

Although Laviolette has agreed to continue on a reduced hours schedule for the next few months, the BHSB has formally begun its search for a volunteer archivist. The key expectations of this position include collecting, storing, preserving and cataloging books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks and other historical material and making this information available for research. Please contact Doug Brown at 519 565-5187 if you are interested.

library friends 

Fun with Reindeer 

Children, parents and grandparents are invited to come join in some reindeer games on Dec. 10 when the Friends of the Bayfield Library host, “Fun with Reindeer” at the Bayfield Public Library.

Games, crafts and more will be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

poinsettia Festival

Huron Ridge Acres annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event is now in full flower!

This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by, will continue Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 1-3.

The greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.

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

Blue Bayfield 

Blue Bayfield is inviting the community to an evening with Pat Donnelly and Jennifer Pat as they present, “The ‘Greats’: A Duet” on Nov. 24.

Donnelly is the Coastal Science and Stewardship Advisor for the Lake Huron Coastal Centre. He is a leading authority on coastal processes. He uses his background in hydrology and geomorphology to explain how the coast “works”. His topic for the evening will be “Coastal Processes 101”.

Pate is a Great Lakes and ocean researcher, geographer and film maker who recently lead a research eXXpedition of the “Greats”. She is proud to be a member of Blue Bayfield. Her topic of discussion will be “Plastices in our Waters”.

The event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshment will be served. Entrance to the event is by donation.


Dec. 3 will be Christmas Tree Day in Bayfield as folks can visit Bayfield Foodland or Brandon’s Hardware and pick out the evergreen that shall grace their living room this holiday season and at the same time support the Bayfield Tree Project.

Starting at 1 p.m. on the Saturday, $5 from all trees purchased will be given to the Bayfield Tree Project. There are a limited number of trees available for this event so people should plan to drop by early and enjoy some holiday music and cheer while they select their perfect tree.


People in the community are working together to achieve a centrally located hospice for Huron County because “hospice is about how you live”.

A general information meeting regarding, “Hospice of Huron” will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield on Dec. 5.

The meeting shall commence at 10 a.m.

For more information please contact Jay McFarlan by email at or Michelle at Huron Hospice by email at or by phone 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.


The Huron County Christmas Bureau will soon be up and operating for 2016 and the coordinators for the Clinton Bureau, Rosemary Edward and Dianne Weber, are already putting out the call for volunteers.

The Clinton United Church is the location for the Clinton Bureau. Volunteers are needed for Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 for sorting and Dec. 5 to Dec. 8 for distribution week.

Bayfield’s collection boxes are now in place. They are located at the Bayfield Public Library, Bayfield Convenience and Gifts, Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy and St. Andrew’s United Church.

Anyone interested in volunteering can reach Weber at 519 482-5334 or at


The Little Inn of Bayfield is delighted to reintroduce their popular “Wine and Dine Series”.

Three dates have been scheduled for these evenings sponsored by Lifford wines and each night has a different theme: Nov. 26, Wines of France; Jan. 28, Wines of California; and March 4, Wines of New Zealand and Australia.

The cost for these evenings is $119 per person per event for the Wine and Dine Package. For more information or to book call 1-800-565-1832.

River Flats 

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the purchase of the Bayfield River Flats will be celebrated and supporters will have an opportunity to do some brainstorming about what should be included in a ‘Masterplan’ for the 4.75 acre river front property.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. at The Ashwood Inn.

This will be the fundraising volunteers; Mike Dixon, Helen Varekamp, Kirsten Harrett, David MacLaren, Wayne McKaig, Roma Harris, Jack Pal, Gayle Waters, Ray Letheren, Doug Vanderhaar, Sandy Scotchmer, Larry Dalton and Dave Gillians’ opportunity to thank everyone for their support. They especially want to single out Roger Lewington, chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy, Erin Samuell, the Economic Development Officer for the Municipality of Bluewater, Dr. Richard Samuell and his staff at Main Street Optometric, Barb Harmos and Chantal Murray, for special mention, because without them, this ambitious project probably wouldn’t have succeeded.

This celebration will also ensure that villagers are brought up to date on the current status of the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area and provide a forum for all community input, so that everyone’s ideas are heard and priorities can be organized.

All of the necessary legal and administrative details are ready and the lawyers for all involved parties have set Nov. 25 as the closing date for the purchase.

As Conrad Kuiper, chair of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) remarked, “For a small village to purchase its own 1,000 feet of riverbank parkland without any government financial support is a unique achievement, especially in today’s political environment. Over 20 per cent of the population of Bayfield has contributed to make this community project become a reality. This is an event worth celebrating!”

In addition to some brainstorming there will be time for dancing as well. And to get into the festive spirit of the evening, Sarah Sylvester, from the Little Shed Flower Co. is generously donating some Winter Woodland decor for the River Flats Celebration Event.


Nov. 27 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 p.m. at Trinity Christian Reformed 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, the Huron Handbells.

Tickets are $10 with donations being accepted for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. Tickets are available now from participants as well as Ernie King Music, Knox Presbyterian Church, both in Goderich; or at the door.


The Seaforth Harmony Kings are hosting a musical afternoon of quartets and a massed choir at Northside United Church in Seaforth on Nov. 27.

“Harmony at Christmas” will feature Forest City Fire, London Men of Accord, Sarnia Bluewater Chordsman and the Strathroy Vocal Federation.

A freewill offering will be collected for the Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation.

salvation army band 

On Nov. 25, join us at the Bayfield Town Hall for a Magical Evening of Christmas Music featuring the London Citadel Salvation Army Band. 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.

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 December 2.

Tickets are $20 and are available from Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456 or Pat Pal at 519 565-5340.


On Monday, Nov. 28, the Bayfield Historical Society welcomes back speaker David Yates.

The always entertaining and informative Mr. Yates will be speaking about “Prohibition in Huron County”, since it was such a contentious issue during its time he should have many stories to relate. Humorous antidotes, factual information and his smooth presentation all combine to make Yates one of the BHS members’ favorite speakers!

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All are welcome to attend.

heritage hall 

The Larry Mercey Trio and guests Naomi Bristow and Michael Warren will have the honor of being the first performers to grace the stage of the newest oldest Bluewater facility – the Hensall Heritage Hall on Nov. 26-27.

“The Christmas Show with Larry Mercey” will be the first event held in the hall since it’s re-opening. Tickets are available now for $30 for an evening performance on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. Please note there are only a few tickets left for the afternoon show.

Tickets are available by calling Kathy at 519 263-2343, at D&D Variety in Hensall and Rona in Exeter and Seaforth or by e-mailing

Book reading 

“The Wheat and the Chaff: Boyhood Memories of Life on a Huron County Farm in the 1930s and 40s” is a book by Harold (Bud) Dilling.

Dilling will share excerpts from his book at a reading to be held in the Hensall Heritage Hall on Dec. 4 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are available for $5 at the Huron County Museum, Crossroads in Clinton, Seaforth Library and The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

tree lighting 

Hensall’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for Nov. 25. All that day area residents are encouraged to wear their most ugly holiday sweater to school and work.

Then at 6 p.m. all are invited to make their way to the Dr. Jennie Smilie Parkette for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Following at 6:45 p.m. hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served at the Hensall Arena. Santa will arrive at the arena at 7 p.m.

Those who attend are asked to please bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation as the Hensall Firefighters will be collecting for the Food Bank.

Zurich Parade

The Zurich Lions’ Club members are hosting their 17th Annual Old Fashioned Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.

All are welcome to enjoy the illuminated floats and displays starting at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend are invited to meet with Santa after the parade at the Zurich Complex.



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Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce

Warm weather brings out LARGE CROWD FOR LIGHTING

Rich and Erin Samuell, and their sons Will and Eddie, were a "Bayfield Family in their Natural Habitat" on Friday night at the tree lighting. This first appearance of the Living Snow Globe caused quite a stir when it was set up in Clan Gregor Square. Be on the look out for it on weekends up to Christmas in front of the Bayfield Public Library with different scenes depicted by volunteers each week.  

Members of the Huron Centennial School Band performed carols in the park prior to the tree lighting on Nov. 18.  

Excitement was in the air as Santa Claus made his first appearance in Bayfield for 2016.

According to this wee lad's mother, at three months of age he is already Santa's biggest fan!  


It isn’t often that the temperature is in the teens when the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) hosts their annual Lighting of the Lights in Clan Gregor Square but on Nov. 18 the temps were right up there. And the result was probably the biggest crowd the event has ever seen in its 25-year history.

The Huron Centennial School band performed holiday tunes prior to the lighting.

BACC representative, Martha Beechie and the Mayor of Bluewater, Tyler Hessel, brought greetings and welcomed visitors. Beechie also recognized a long time volunteer of Christmas in Bayfield who died suddenly this fall. The magic that Barry Gordon helped to bring to the weekend will be remembered and sorely missed.

Bayfield Breeze editor Melody Falconer-Pounder was given the honor of leading the count down to the switching on of the lights. And as the lights twinkled across the park, the Bayfield fire truck arrived carrying a very special guest. Santa Claus made his first appearance in the village for 2016 and spent a lot 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 to those who attended the event.

The first appearance of the village’s newest holiday attraction the “Living Snow Globe” caused quite a stir when it was set up in Clan Gregor Square for the tree lighting. Rich and Erin Samuell, and their sons Will and Eddie, were a “Bayfield Family in their Natural Habitat”. Be on the look out for the globe on weekends up to Christmas in front of the Bayfield Public Library with different scenes depicted by volunteers each week.

Mayor of Bluewater Tyler Hessel welcomed people to the community for the start of the holiday season and thanked all of the volunteers who work so hard to make the weekend a success each year.  

Briar Gordon was the first child to visit with Santa at the lighting of the lights on Saturday night.

These two sisters, Nia and Claire Bracken, waited patiently for their turn to visit with Santa.  



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Bayfield santa claus parade

ugly sweater weather on Friday night turned to parka weather on saturday

These parade watchers came dressed for some Reindeer games! (MFP photo)

People along the parade route reacted to the enthusiastic young girls on the Bayfield Guiding float. (MFP photo)  

After a gorgeous fall night for the tree lighting, Saturday morning dawned rather overcast and cold. However, undeterred people simply bundled up to watch the parade. (MFP photo)  

Bands from Brussels (pictured), Mitchell, Goderich and Seaforth performed in the Santa Claus parade on Saturday. (John Pounder photo)  

Members of the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association baked up a fun entry in Saturday's parade. (John Pounder photo)  

  A very enthusiastic group of Urban Pole Walkers followed the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy entry. (John Pounder photo)  

The little ones on the Lakeshore Construction float weren't without the benefit of some sweet treats! (Jack Pal photo)  

Children graced this charming float entered by D&D Glass and Mirror of Vanastra. (Jack Pal photo)

IMG_0404.jpg The Bluewater Shriner Club Fire Brigade was in attendance at the Santa Claus Parade. 

IMG_0392.jpg  Lake Huron Steel Horse Riders participated in this year's Santa Claus parade.

IMG_0364.jpgGold Coast Landscaping Ltd. recognized the 50th anniversary of "It's a Charlie Brown Christmas" with their float.              

IMG_0346.jpgThe Seaforth All Girls Marching Band was one of four bands to provide music in the parade.

The Celtic Blue Highlanders, of Goderich, were dressed for whatever the weather decided to do. Luckily the rain held off until the afternoon!     

IMG_0303.jpgNo one could argue with Dana Wilson's sign as she walked in the Santa Claus parade with members of the Bayfield Skating Club.  

The crowd lined up for the parade all along Main Street around Clan Gregor and on to John Street.  

Members of Bayfield Guiding waved from their float that was themed to acknowledge that they have been supplying cookies for Santa's big night since 1929. Just add milk!  


Members of Dance Techniques of Clinton wished everyone a Merry Christmas.  



Christmas in Bayfield weekend went from ugly sweater weather on Friday to put on your parka weather on Saturday.

Nov. 19th dawned a typical November day for Santa Claus to make his way down Bayfield's Main Street.. He was naturally the most anticipated participant in the parade that boasted close to 60 entries.

Anny Johnston was the parade marshall for this year's event.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to guesstimate that well over 1,000 people were on hand to watch the spectacle that included four bands, float entries from far and near, some Shriners, shiny cars and lots of smiling folks handing out candy.

A Huron County Ambulance led the 2016 Santa Claus parade which boasted nearly 60 entries. (John Pounder photo)

Brian Brandon and Tim Hoover (foreground) were all smiles as they drove along the parade route in a Bayfield firetruck.(John Pounder photo)    

The Brussels Legion Pipe Band Legion 218 were one of four bands that played in Saturday's parade. (John Pounder photo)

Anny Johnston, of Bayfield, was this year's Parade Grand Marshal. (John Pounder photo)

Bayfield Firefighter, Kyle Kruse, cruised along the parade route collecting cash donations and non-perishable food items for the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep). (John Pounder photo)

Pat Pal and her dog, Bailey, walked with a village Urban Pole Walking group. (John Pounder photo)

The float entered by Tuckersmith Telecommunications Cooperative Ltd. (TCC) featured some little folks in a tiny gingerbread house. (John Pounder photo)

One of the youngest children to take part in the parade had a sweet ride! (John Pounder photo)

IMG_1678 Children along the parade route were left wondering if Scooby and the gang knew where their van was on Saturday. (John Pounder photo)

Harry Dykstra drove the Bayfield Garage entry in the parade. (John Pounder photo)  

Peter Luscombe was one of the people that rode on the Deer Park Lodge float that depicted a cozy cottage and an outdoor picnic area all in one! (John Pounder photo)  

Deb and Tom Grasby and their Dog-Guide-in-Training, Essex, were all smiles along the parade route. Essex appears to be nearly all grown up! (Jack Pal photo)  

DSCN0412 Members of Bayfield Guiding were excited to have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Fire Dog Marshall and Police Dog Chase from Nick Junior's Paw Patrol at the end of the parade route on Saturday. (MFP photo)

Friends of The Village Bookshop took their poultry for a stroll along the parade route. 

Bayfield Fire Chief Jack Bender handed out candy to youngsters along the parade route. 

IMG_0329.jpgSteve Baker represented the Virtual High School in the parade as staff members handed out pencils and hot chocolate packets to the crowd .  

Dancing all along the parade route were members of Dance Techniques of Clinton.   

Marcie McLean, Carlos, and Joseph Rapai had some festive fun along the parade route promoting the Inspiring Women of Huron County Pin-Up Calendar.

Bayfield Girl Guide Rebeca Phillips led the way for the Bayfield Guiding contingent.  

Ava Dawe had a look of serene determination as she marched in the parade as a member of the Seaforth All Girls Marching Band.

And they saved the best for last - Santa Claus waved, called out to children of all ages and blew kisses from on high!





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Gales of November

Gales of November By Jane Seifried

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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


Christmas in Bayfield was a whirlwind weekend wasn’t it? And I’m not just referring to the high winds that arrived on Saturday afternoon and pressed on into Sunday. Anyone who lives in a small town will know that it is all hands on deck when an event is planned in town. Everyone has a part to play and some have two or three or more.

On Friday night I had the honor of leading the countdown of the lighting of the lights in the park with hundreds of voices joining in to help me out. Seeing the beautiful old maples and their younger siblings all lit up is a wonderful tradition.

We hit the ground running on Saturday morning so that the Girl Guides, Sparks, Brownies and Pathfinders could take part in the parade. I have never been prouder to be a member of Bayfield Guiding as I looked around to see the girls, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Leaders and at least one Leader's Spouse working together to create our marvelous float in just under an hour. It was teamwork at its best.

And then once the parade was done it was off to the Library to reunite with some of the girls to create our tableau in the Living Snow Globe. The scene we set was a familiar one for us - sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmellows and singing campfire songs. Nearly two hours in a see-through, vinyl orb is a long time for youngsters but they handled it pretty well. I just hope they are not too sick of singing “Fires Burning” in a round…it’s my favorite!

On Sunday afternoon, I met up with some of my girls again to lend a hand at the Bayfield Food Bank sorting and packing the generous amount of food that was collected at events on Saturday.

I’m sure there were many other people that were a lot busier than I was on the weekend. No matter what we were doing I kept reinforcing to the girls that the weekend events were about giving rather than receiving. And for that reason no matter how busy it gets Christmas in Bayfield will always be one of the best weekends on my calendar. Happy Holidays everyone! – Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder