Bookmark and Share   Nov. 29, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 49 Issue 439

decorating gingerbread cookies a popular tradition


IMG_1999Young Bridget Shanahan, of Bayfield, found herself right in the thick of cookie decorating on Nov. 18.  

Almost 200 gingerbread cookies were decorated at the Bayfield Public Library on the Saturday of the Christmas in Bayfield weekend., Nov. 18.

The community room was a busy place full of children, parents and grandparents with Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) volunteers helping the children decorate their cookies.

The number of gingerbread cookies that are needed grows more each year evidence of a wonderfully successful event.

IMG_1990Elizabeth Irwin, Bill and Judith Higgs take a minute out of the organized chaos to have their picture taken. They were working as Santa's Elves - Cookie Division - at the Gingerbread Cookie Decorating event hosted by the Friends of the Bayfield Library. The fun was held immediately following the Santa Claus Parade.  

IMG_1980Nearly 200 youngsters took part in the Gingerbread Cookie decorating activity held at the Bayfield Public Library on Nov. 18.  

IMG_1991The youngsters weren't the only ones that enjoyed some seasonal frivolity during the gingerbread decorating event at the library. Library staff member Avery Greaves (left) and a FOBL volunteer joined in the fun.  

IMG_1984Volunteer Kim Nadeau poses with Michael Doherty, a visitor to the gingerbread decorating event held at the library on Nov. 18.  

Awards presented at ag society annual general  meeting 

clip_image002[2]Carol Penhale was presented with a 55 years of service certificate by outgoing Bayfield Ag Society President Doug Yeo at the AGM held on Nov. 24. (Submitted photos)

Friday, Nov. 24 marked the end of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) fiscal year as it held its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Those in attendance learned that the 2017 Bayfield Community Fair boasted a larger than normal attendance and a greater number of exhibits and exhibitors.

Following a potluck supper several awards were presented. Nine members received Years of Service Awards: Don Brodie, 20 years; Ted Vander Wouden, 25 years; Ina Fisher, Kathleen Siertsema, Bev VanNinhuys, Afra Van Wonderen, Hilda Gerger, and Doreen MacKenzie all received 45 year certificates and a 55 year certificate was presented to Carol Penhale.

The Libro Credit Union was the recipient of a Certificate of Achievement. This certificate is presented to an individual or an organization that has contributed to the BAS over an extended period of time. The Libro Credit Union has fully supported the funding of the 4-H programs at the fair and ensures a staff member attends to hand out ribbons for the sheep and dairy shows.

clip_image004[2]President Doug Yeo presented a Certificate of Achievement to representatives of the Libro Credit Union.  

The final award was the Meritorious Award. This is only given out rarely. It is for most worthy support of the BAS over a long period of time and Ted and Jean Dunn received this award. The two have a combined total of over 100 years of service to the BAS and have exhibited leadership over most of those years. The Ag Society is so blessed to have them as exemplary members.

David Pullen was the speaker for the AGM and talked about the history of forestry in Huron County. He, through a series of pictures, talked about sections in the county that were being blown away because of the lack of tree cover. He reminded everyone that crops grown beside a line of trees do exceptionally well a couple of rows from the trees because of the shelter and benefit the trees provide. The tree planting currently is only matching the level of trees being cut down within the county. He mentioned that the next species of tree that might be in danger is the Beech. It is such a loss to have already lost the Butternut, the Elm, and the Ash.

At the AGM greetings were provided by John McPhee on behalf of Lisa Thompson, and Bart Scherpenzeel and Bev Jantzi for District 8 of the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies.

Stephen Jacob described the new potential building project for the BAS.

Highlights of the year for the BAS included, a second Breakfast on the Farm. This appeared to be enjoyed by everyone and was a great educational event. Also the organization adopted its first formal logo to identify itself.

The incoming executive will be: President, Jentje Steenbeek; 1st Vice President, Stephen Jacob; 2nd Vice President, Lorraine Shields and Past President, Doug Yeo. Susan Lehnen will continue as Secretary and Jim Erwin as Treasurer.

There were several people who attended the AGM for the first time as well as many who annually come. There is always room for new people who would like to share their skills with the BAS that organizes the annual fair –a community festival of sorts. It also connects with other organizations in the village and has developed a Breakfast on the Farm event. Its mandate is to give greater insight about agriculture.

“We all are connected with agriculture whether we are a producer, an agri-food industry worker, or consumer. All of us are part of the story and an Agricultural Society welcomes everyone no matter how they are connected,” said Doug Yeo, past president of the BAS.

The BAS can be contacted at

clip_image006[2]Ted (not pictured) and Jean Dunn received the Meritorious Award from President Doug Yeo. The Dunns have a combined total of over 100 years of service to the Ag Society and have exhibited leadership over most of those years.


Wreaths - last call

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) can make people’s decorating easier if anyone needs a wreath or a planter. There are a few wreaths left but just three planters! Please call John Siertsema at 519 565-2479 or Don Brodie at 519 263-2404 to reserve one. The wreaths are all made from local greens and the money goes to support the upcoming fair in August 2018.


Dec. 4 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. with 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!


The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again selling tickets on a fabulous hand made toy chest filled with toys for children of all ages.

Raffle tickets are available now from Optimist members. Toy chest tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

The draw will be made at 1 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the club’s 12th annual Breakfast with Santa this year being held at The Ashwood Inn starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m.

Please note that the breakfast has moved to Saturday to accommodate The Ashwood Bourbon Bar’s dining schedule.

The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free.

Tree Project

The Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) has completed the 2017 tree planting in the village. This year the BTP planted another 30 trees on municipal properties, which brings the grand total of trees planted over the past six years to an astounding 430 trees in all.

These trees proudly line village streets providing beauty and good emotional and physical health for all citizens and visitors. Each residence, where a tree has been planted, is enriched visually. Research indicates real estate benefits from heightened property value too.

The BTP members would like to thank to all their contributors as well as all prospective donors.

“Considering that each tree planted, mulched, fertilized, staked and collared costs in the neighbourhood of $125 to $150, your assistance continues to provide us with the revenue to keep planting whether it be in new locations or where old trees have been felled,” said Sondra Buchner, of the BTP.

Any financial assistance should be sent to ABCA Foundation "Bayfield Tree Project", PO Box 164, Bayfield, ON, N0M1G0.

For more information please contact Buchner at 519 441-1310.


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.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Clinton Branch of the Bureau can call 519 482-5334.

Bluewater News

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Nov. 20.

• Adopted the 2016 and 2017 Strategic Goal Action Plans as developed by staff

• Authorized that the rebate funds received from the lighting upgrades at the Hensall Fire Station be allocated for the use of upgrading their radio room

• Approved site plan application SPA05/16 proposed by Webhead Developments Inc, being a gas bar, convenience store, and restaurant at the property located at 89 Main Street South in Bayfield

• Approved that the London Hospital Dream Home be built at 22 Delevan Street, Bayfield be showcased as part of the 2018 Spring Dream Lottery in support of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London

• Appointed the members of the Emergency Management Program Committee as required by the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Regulation 380/04, and amended the Emergency Response Plan


Where can you get roast beef with horseradish, mashed potatoes with gravy, hot vegetables, juice and cabbage salad followed by fruit crisp and ice cream for $9?

At Bayfield Dining for Seniors that’s where! The only stipulation is that you must be 55 years or over to partake in delicious menus like the example listed above. The social interaction that is served up with the meal is free.

Chef Dawne Erb from One Care will be preparing the holiday feast for service on Dec. 14 and it will be a traditional Christmas meal. Anyone who would like to join in a Thursday lunch served at the Bayfield Community Centre is asked to please contact Leslie Bald at 519 565-5637 by noon Monday the week of the meal.

Volunteers are always needed to help setup as well as serving, if you are interested please contact Bud Robinson at 519 440-8189.

A Christmas Carol 

“A Christmas Carol” the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly and transformative Christmas Eve encounters, will be presented as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice in the form of a dramatic reading interspersed with seasonal music on Dec. 16-17.

Harp and flute duo “Ninn’s Folly”, comprised of brother/sister musicians John Webber and Beth MacKenzie will entertain with Victorian Christmas classics while members of local choirs The Glee Sisters and St. Andrew’s United Church will join together to perform carols and lead the audience singalong.

Retired drama teacher John Lalor will be directing the performance and will also take on a reading part. Other dramatic narrators include Bayfield author and thespian Judy Keightley, and local ministers Dwight Nelson and Elise Feltrin. Pianist and music teacher Mary McGoldrick, who has recently retired to Bayfield, will provide musical accompaniment. Rob Bundy will host the event that will take place in the seasonally decorated sanctuary of St. Andrew’s United Church.

Organizers hope to fill the audience for the two performances: Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy, Bayfield Autopro Garage and Precision Print in Goderich, the entire proceeds will go to the Huron Residential Hospice with particular focus towards the Bayfield project of creating a welcoming and well-equipped children’s playroom.

Tickets are $15, now available at Michael’s Pharmacy and Shop Bike Coffee in Bayfield, or by calling Arlene at 519 565-2777.

Following each performance, and again with appreciation to the sponsors, cider and shortbread will be served.


Huron Ridge Greenhouses are all ready for the festive season. This weekend marks the last chance to take in their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event.

The event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by, will run 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.


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.


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.





puppet show now on film thanks to trillium grant

media release photo_nov 20 _ rrhcOn Nov. 17, Judy Keightley, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, and John McPhee, a representative from MPP Lisa Thompson’s office, presented Rural Response for Healthy Children's Project Coordinator Genelle Reid with a plaque highlighting a grant the organization received in the fall of 2016. (Submitted photo)  

In October, Rural Response for Healthy Children (RRHC) introduced an enhanced child abuse prevention program to a class of Grade 3 students in Huron County. Kids On The Block is a long-standing program that educates children about their rights to personal safety and what to do if that boundary is crossed. The program aims to reach every Grade 3 student in Huron County each school year.

On Nov. 17, Judy Keightley, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, and John McPhee, a representative from MPP Lisa Thompson’s office, met with the group to hear how a $36,700 seed grant made in late 2016 has made a difference. They viewed the organization’s new short film, learned about its newly created “Guide To Protecting All Children in Huron County” and congratulated the community-based, non-profit on its continued work to educate families to ensure children grow up in a safe community.

“The safety and well-being of our children is always paramount in our communities. No one should ever have to experience physical or mental harm, least of all kids. Through the development of Kids on the Block, RRHC has provided families and schools with a child-friendly, age-appropriate tool to teach children about personal space, and facilitate healthy conversations about a sensitive topic. I’m pleased to see the grant funding has been put to effective use,” said MPP for Huron Bruce Lisa Thompson.

Originally presented as a puppet show, the program was experiencing challenges finding puppeteers willing to present the sensitive content. OTF’s grant created the opportunity to professionally film the puppet show, and helped with staffing, workshops and supplies and materials. It also supported the development and production of a new Parent Guide that helps families further the discussion about personal safety at home. The Guide features age appropriate games and video links to help parents and caregivers talk with their children, be vigilant about the safety of all children in our community and be fearless when it comes to reporting suspected abuse to Huron Perth Children’s Aid Society.

“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to enhance children’s knowledge and provide them with strategies to keep safe, contributes to the overall well-being of families living in Huron County,” said Michael Russo, chair of RRHC’s Board of Directors. “This grant has allowed flexibility in delivering it to local schools and greatly enhanced the resources provided to families to support them in discussing a difficult topic at home.”

RRHC is committed to ongoing education at elementary schools and within our rural communities to ensure child safety. If you would like a presentation about personal safety for your group or event, please contact the Project Coordinator, Genelle Reid, at 1-800-479-0716 or

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

Museum Exhibit reads between the lines of county newspapers 

The Huron County Museum’s latest temporary exhibit, “Hot off the Press: Seen in the County Papers”, opened at the Museum in Goderich on Nov. 21 and will be on display until March 2018.

For almost 175 years, Huron County’s local newspapers have been an important part of the social and political life of our communities, and newspapers from the past now serve as an incredible historical resource. Since Huron’s historical newspapers are now available to search online from the comfort of home (via, museum staff wanted to take a closer look at these papers’ point-of-view by peeking behind the headlines to the stories of the local editors, publishers, correspondents and machine operators who have made the news in Huron County over the past centuries.

Said Sinead Cox, the Museum’s curator of Engagement and Dialogue, “There’s a lot of discussion happening now around ‘fake news’ and how we see stories filtered through our personal ‘bubbles’ or ‘echo chambers.’ What’s fascinating is that every little town and village used to have both a conservative and a liberal paper competing for your subscription. Although the exhibit spotlights how much our news sources and publishing methods have changed, concerns about misreporting and perspective are nothing new.”

Focusing on changing technologies and journalism techniques, the lives and political leanings of the editors, and vintage advertising, the exhibit highlights selected artefacts and articles from newspapers printed in communities across the county including: Clinton, Goderich, Seaforth, Exeter, Wingham, Wroxeter, Brussels and Zurich. The seasonal display also features several interactives, including news madlibs and an opportunity to search the newspaper collection.

On Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., the museum will welcome long-time editor Keith Roulston as a special guest speaker. Roulston will join staff for a lively question and answere to discuss insights from his long and varied career in local news as an apprentice, writer, editor and publisher: from using ‘hot type’ with manual flatbed presses in the 1970s, to digital publication and everything in between. This rare chance to hear the scoop on Huron’s newspaper history will be included with regular museum admission and free to Huron County Library cardholders.

People can see Hot off the Press at the museum (110 North St., Goderich) until the end of March. Check for the museum’s seasonal hours and other upcoming programming and events happening in conjunction with the exhibit.

Two new members selected for  source protection committee 

SPC_November_2017_New_MembersMary Ellen Foran, of Auburn, and Bert Dykstra, of Clinton, are the two newest members of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC). In the photo above, at the November 22 meeting, committee Chair Matt Pearson (in centre of photo), welcomed the two newest members, who join sitting member Keith Black as the three designated Economic – Agriculture representatives on the ABMVDWSPC. The Chair said their knowledge and experience will be valuable as the committee continues to implement source protection plans that are reducing risk to local municipal drinking water sources, as the committee updates technical work, and as it considers amendments in the future. (Submitted photos)  

A committee to protect local municipal drinking water sources has announced that Mary Ellen Foran, of the Auburn area, and Bert Dykstra, of the Clinton area, are the two newest members of the committee. They have filled the two vacant seats from the Economic – Agriculture sector on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC).

“We are pleased to welcome Mary Ellen and Bert to the committee,” said Matt Pearson, ABMVDWSPC Chair. “The knowledge and experience they bring will be valuable as we update and review technical work, continue to implement policies to protect municipal drinking water sources, and – going forward – as we begin to consider any desired amendments to approved assessment reports and source protection plans.”

Foran was born and raised in West Wawanosh Township and is now a partner in a mixed farming operation there. On the farm, she adopts practices and projects that improve the land and add protection to water. She has a Bachelor of Science, with a major in soil science, from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. She is an instructor for Integrated Pest Management for Corn and Soybeans, University of Guelph Ridgetown College, and an online literacy practitioner with the Avon Maitland District School Board. Prior to her current education roles, she completed contract work with the Huron County Soil and Crop Improvement Association, delivering Environmental Farm Plan workshops, plus contract work with local conservation authorities, working with landowners to find grant sources and practical solutions to reduce environmental impacts. She is a volunteer Huron County 4-H leader and director and serves in other volunteer roles in her community. Three of her five children are involved in agriculture-related careers. As an ABMVDWSPC member she looks forward to bringing an agricultural perspective to the table and to offer local knowledge and practical approaches to protection of municipal drinking water sources.

Dykstra runs a cash crop and broiler chicken operation. He has farmed in the Clinton area his entire working life. The native of Clinton supports a strong agricultural sector and he feels good water quality is an important resource for all sectors. The Municipality of Central Huron resident served as a municipal councillor for almost two decades. He served as a Warden of Huron County (2010) and as a Chairman of the Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee for three years. He also served for six years on the board of the Clinton Hospital Foundation as well as on other committees and in other civic service. He looks forward to serving on the drinking water source protection committee as someone with years of experience in agriculture and as a champion of practical and workable approaches to preserve water quality and protect local water resources.

The ABMVDWSPA accepted applications for the two vacant agriculture seats between Aug. 15 and Oct. 16. The local source protection authorities selected the two members after a review of all candidates. The two newest agriculture representatives attended their first meeting on Nov. 22. The other agriculture representative is Keith Black, who has served on the committee since its start in 2007.

SPC_November_2017_Rowena_Wallace_HonouredAfter a decade of service as one of the agriculture sector representatives on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC), Rowena Wallace has retired from the committee. At the Nov. 22 committee meeting, ABMVDWSPC Chair Matt Pearson thanked her for her ten years of dedicated service and for her contributions to the work which has taken place to complete locally developed and provincially approved plans that add protection to municipal drinking water sources. He praised her “passion for agriculture and protecting its place in our society.” The Chair said she has played an important role helping to set the policies that are reducing risk to drinking water today, and he said he learned a great deal from her. In appreciation of her work, the Chair presented Wallace with a copy of “Agriculture Today: A Portrait of Family Farms in Ontario” by local authors and photographers Telfer Wegg, Bonnie Hogarth Sitter, and Fred Helwig.  

After ten years of service on the committee as an agriculture representative, Rowena Wallace has retired from the committee. The source protection committee thanked her, at the Nov. 22 committee meeting, for her decade of dedicated service. In appreciation of her contributions, Chair Matt Pearson presented her with a copy of “Agriculture Today: A Portrait of Family Farms in Ontario” by local authors and photographers Telfer Wegg, Bonnie Hogarth Sitter, and Fred Helwig.

The make-up of the ABMVDWSPC is shaped by the source protection committee regulation (Ontario Regulation 288/07) and by a local process that took place to decide how to include diverse voices at the committee table. One third of the committee is from municipalities. One third (five members) comes from economic sectors. Locally, three of those five economic member seats are from agriculture and the other two are from industry and commerce (including tourism). The other third of the committee represents other – environmental, health, and other interests of the public (including property owner association representation; public reps from the two source protection areas; and environmental sector representatives).

“The diverse voices at the table help the committee to find practical and effective ways to keep our local drinking water safe and clean, starting at the source,” said Pearson. “We have a talented group of people to help us as we implement, monitor, and update policies that reduce risk to municipal drinking water in this region.”

Other former agriculture reps on the committee included Mike Strang, who served on the committee in 2007 and 2008, and John Vander Burgt, who served as an agriculture rep from 2008 to 2016. John Vander Burgt passed away in 2016.

The ABMVDWSPC is a 15-member committee in addition to the Chair. The committee was Ontario’s first SPC. The members have worked with the public since 2007 to create local terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans. The Ontario Clean Water Act of 2006 makes this work possible.

The Province of Ontario approved the locally developed source protection plans on Jan. 19, 2015. The plans took effect on Apr. 1, 2015. Plan policies address 21 activities (such as fuel or chemical storage; among others) that can pose a significant threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances (for example, in certain quantities and in the most vulnerable locations such as municipal wellhead protection areas).

There are four types of vulnerable areas. They are wellhead protection areas (zones of protection around municipal wells, to protect groundwater); surface water intake protection zones (in this region, around Lake Huron intakes); significant groundwater recharge areas; and highly vulnerable aquifers. Activities in vulnerable areas are assessed as low, moderate or significant threats to municipal drinking water sources. In this region, significant threats to drinking water are only found in wellhead protection area zones A, B, and C. Plan policies in those relatively small areas reduce risk by using tools ranging from education and outreach, to risk management plans, to restricted land uses, or prohibition of some activities in some cases. Visit and to find out more.

Cutlines: Mary Ellen Foran, of the Auburn area, and Bert Dykstra, of the Clinton area, are the two newest members of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC). In photo above, at the November 22, 2017 SPC meeting, committee Chair Matt Pearson (in centre of photo), welcomes the two newest members, who join sitting member Keith Black as the three designated Economic – Agriculture representatives on the SPC. The Chair said their knowledge and experience will be valuable as the committee continues to implement source protection plans that are reducing risk to local municipal drinking water sources, as the committee updates technical work, and as it considers amendments in the future.

After a decade of service as one of the agriculture sector representatives on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC), Rowena Wallace has retired from the committee. At the November 22, 2017 committee meeting, SPC Chair Matt Pearson thanked her for her ten years of dedicated service and for her contributions to the work which has taken place to complete locally developed and provincially approved plans that add protection to municipal drinking water sources. He praised her “passion for agriculture and protecting its place in our society.” The Chair said she has played an important role helping to set the policies that are reducing risk to drinking water today, and he said he learned a great deal from her. In appreciation of her work, the Chair presented Rowena Wallace with a copy of Agriculture Today: A Portrait of Family Farms in Ontario by local authors and photographers Telfer Wegg, Bonnie Hogarth Sitter, and Fred Helwig.




Bluewater Blooms 

The Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee invites individuals from the community to assist with planning and presenting the annual program.

The Communities in Bloom Committee (CIB) seeks enthusiastic persons to join the planning committee. This committee of volunteers plans and presents participation in the provincial Communities in Bloom program on behalf of the Municipality of Bluewater. CIB aka Bluewater Blooms currently has six members and wishes to increase the complement by three for a total of nine committee members.

Each year, Bluewater Blooms determines what aspects of the community to highlight that fit the criteria of the program evaluation. The criteria include Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry & Trails, Landscape, and Floral Displays. These aspects are combined into a community profile book and a two-day evaluation. Bluewater invites two professional judges to evaluate the accomplishments of the entire community (municipal, private, corporate, institutional and citizens) in July or August. The committee and the provincial judges are always astounded with the volume of positive achievements of the citizens and municipality.

“The judges tour was well planned and executed,” said 2016 judges Betty Lamont and Kathy Smyth. “There were so many highlights that it is impossible to mention them, although the sun going down to a full bagpipe band playing Amazing Grace is a memory that will never be forgotten…We urge the Municipality to consider entering Communities in Bloom at the National level.”

Blooms ratings are awarded to all participating communities across Ontario. Bluewater has won the top award, Five Blooms, for four consecutive years!

The Municipality of Bluewater joined Communities in Bloom Ontario in 2010 to celebrate and recognize the bringing together of five communities (Bayfield, Hensall, Zurich and the townships of Hay and Stanley). Communities in Bloom Ontario is the provincial edition of the national program, a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification.

Please fill out the Bluewater Committee Application Form to communicate your interest in joining the Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee. Persons must be appointed to the Committee by Council.

To find out more about the Bluewater Communities in Bloom Committee, the community profile book and access the application form, please visit the municipal website and select Municipal Services/Council/Committees. You may also call Nellie Evans, Secretary, at 519 236-4351 Ext 236 or email

Red Scarves

The Huron County Health Unit, with support from the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC), will bring the Red Scarf Project to Clinton on Friday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day reminds us how important education and services are for people living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers. The red scarves of the Red Scarf Project are enlarged versions of the red ribbon, the international symbol of AIDS awareness.

At 9 a.m. on Dec. 1, volunteers and staff of Huron County, the Health Unit and the Huron County HIV/AIDS Network (HCHAN) will hang red scarves on lamp and sign posts lining Albert Street downtown. They will also hand out scarves and ribbons to community members downtown as part of a conversation about HIV/AIDS services and supports in Huron County.

Over a dozen volunteers knitted and crocheted the red scarves, using a donation of yarn from Sugar Bush in Listowel. Scarves hung downtown are free for the taking.

RHAC is a community-inspired organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and diverse communities living with, at-risk for or affected by the challenges associated with HIV/AIDS. For more information, please visit

HCHAN was established in 1991. Volunteers wanting to help those living with HIV/AIDS, whether infected, affected, or at risk organized it. Since then, HCHAN has been actively supporting and strengthening the lives of people in Huron County through education and awareness programs, advocacy and agency referrals and personal support. To learn more, visit


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

Blyth Festival singers 

Out of the darkness of a winter’s night comes the light that is love. And where is that Christmas love better exemplified than in hearth and home?

The Blyth Festival Singers invite everyone in to celebrate Christmas in all its most poignant and hilarious splendour. “Home is a Special Kind of Feeling” will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the intimate and beautiful setting of St. George’s Anglican Church, on North Street in Goderich starting at 3 p.m.

The repertoire will range from Samuel Barber’s beautiful, “Sure on this Shining Night” to contemporary pieces by Rutter, Nickel and Gordon Lightfoot - with some comical and Christmas pops thrown in for fun. Enjoy the laughter and nostalgia as Gil Garratt, Artistic director of the Blyth Festival, shares a reading of “Dave Cooks the Turkey”.

Come for fellowship and Christmas treats with the Singers at a cozy reception to follow.

A portion of the event’s profits will be donated to the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to make the holidays happier for families in need.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children aged six to 12. Contact the Blyth Festival Box Office at 519 523-9300 or 1-877-862-5984 or go online at to obtain tickets. Members of the Blyth Festival Singers or the Huron County Museum in Goderich also have tickets available.

Spend a winter’s afternoon with the choir and find the light, warmth and friendship amid the winter’s snows.

The Blyth Festival Singers is a county-wide community choir under the professional direction of Sharon Poelstra and accompanied by Julia Pennington.

The choir, averaging between 40 -50 members, performs primarily in Huron County and has endeavred to present a high standard of choral singing since its inception in 1980.


Looking for a sweet stocking stuffer or hostess gift? Look no further than Bayfield Guiding. Members are now selling the Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies for $5 a box.

They can be purchased from members, by calling Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830, or from The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique on Bayfield’s Main Street.

The girls will also be selling cookies at the Walmart in Goderich on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Profits from sales help with program activities and field trips.


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.


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:


November is National Radon Action Month, and the Health Unit encourages residents to think about 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 on-line. 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 Huron County Health Unit at 1-877-837-6143 or visit







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, families often sit for portraits at this time of year and this image is reflective of that. Records indicate that Aunt Olive with Rae and Douglas posed for this photo circa 1900. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10041 PC)  

PB10041 PC Remember Me 439 

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 PB10002 PC Remember Me 437

In Issue 437, 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)


 PB10019 PC Remember Me 438

In Issue 438, we feature an image recorded to be “boys at cabin in the woods surrounding Bayfield circa 1920”. Anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10019 PC)



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the glee sisters 

the true meaning of Christmas came through***

IMG_0769   All ages in the audience were delighted when The Glee Sisters disguised as residents of Whoville entered the town hall auditorium to perform their annual holiday production.

IMG_0851The Glee Sisters, together with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), explored the Dr. Suess tale, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” in Story and Song on Nov. 18.  

IMG_0795Roberta Stemp took on the title role in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" presented by The Glee Sisters at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 18.  

IMG_0831"…there’s a light on this tree that won’t light on one side. So I’m taking it home to my workshop, my dear. I’ll fix it up there, then I’ll bring it back here."***  

IMG_0836 Janice Nelson, as Cindy Lou Who, and Roberta Stemp as The Grinch, provided a very comic moment over a glass of water.

IMG_0839"He took the Who’s feast, he took the Who pudding, he took the roast beast."*** 

IMG_0845  All The Glee Sisters who took on the role of "Who's from Whoville" including, Carmen Davies, sported the most delightful homemade fascinators!

IMG_0784Mary Hay was a member of Whoville in the latest The Glee Sisters holiday production.  

IMG_0869Woosie from Louisa Street, portrayed "Max" during the production. The canine proved to be a natural in the spotlight.  


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

The Glee Sisters, together with the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS), explored the Dr. Suess tale, “The Grinch who Stole Christmas” in Story and Song on Nov. 18.

This village holiday tradition is very popular among young and old alike and two shows were held that afternoon at Bayfield Town Hall.

The town hall stage became 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 was transformed into The Grinch, and the dog "Max", otherwise known to all as Woosie from Louisa Street, captivated the audience with his charm!

At this special musical event the Optimist Club of Bayfield provided gizoos for the children at each show. The Glee Sisters even gave them a lesson in how to play these delightful instruments. After the story and song, attendees were invited to stay for cookies and hot chocolate served courtesy of the BTHHS.

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

***With thanks to Dr. Suess for excerpts from his book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". 

IMG_0767The town hall stage became "Whoville" complete with the necessary directions.

IMG_0768 At this special musical event the Optimist Club of Bayfield provided gizoos for the children at each show. The Glee Sisters even gave them a lesson in how to play these delightful instruments.

IMG_0773Kathy Douglas and Reeka Spence were members of the colorful cast of "Whos from Whoville" that took over the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 18.IMG_0777Leslie Bella conducted The Glee Sisters at their annual holiday show.  


IMG_0819“Pop guns! And bicycles! Roller skates! Drums! Checkerboards! Tricycles! Popcorn! And plums! And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, very nimbly, Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimbley!”***  



PIXILATED — image of the week

Bayfield river November 19 2017.Wildwood by the river park.

Bayfield river November 19 2017.Wildwood by the river park....By Mel Diotte

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


I saw a sign in a holiday shop yesterday, “Ornament Addict” - I probably should have bought it as it describes me rather well. Maybe one of my talented sign making friends could make me one? Hint! Hint!

I have been collecting penguin paraphernalia for three decades but in the last few years the penguin themed Christmas ornaments have been my main focus. I think my favorite aspect of preparing for Christmas is decorating and now this year back in my childhood home - a Victorian era farmhouse - I finally have an opportunity to showcase more of my collection than ever before.

And although there is much to be done at home I couldn’t resist accepting an invitation for Bayfield Guiding to participate in the Community Holiday Tree Challenge at the Huron County Museum. The girls have been busy decorating and making ornaments for our tree to be displayed on Main Street (entry #4) and I am very excited to realize their vision with a fellow Owl this Saturday afternoon. If you go to the Museum Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1-4 p.m. or anytime from then until Dec. 24 be sure to vote for the Bayfield Guiding tree. I would love the girls to win a movie night at the museum or a special programming opportunity! Happy decorating to all! - Melody


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

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


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