Bookmark and Share   Dec. 5, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 49 Issue 491

Public fundraising for farm animal display building begins 

clip_image002[2]Conceptual drawing.  

For the past several months the members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) have been given updates on the progress of the Farm Animal Display Building Project. It will replace the former Pet Display (Old MacDonald’s Farm) Building. This building will become the society’s agricultural awareness centre.

Generations of fairgoers have had the opportunity to see and touch farm animals that were inside the old building and been able to learn about them. The new building will be identical in size (30’x30’) with a dry storage (15’x20’) attached. This additional space will accommodate a secure office location for the three days of the fair and storage for the remainder of the year.

Architectural Drawing (West view).

The total cost is approximately $85,000. Over half of the cost is already raised through grants, solid commitments, and donations from agricultural organizations and individuals. The members, of the BAS, need the community’s help in raising the remaining $40,000.

A brick wall will recognize these generous supporters: Rafter sponsors, $10,000 and greater, Quoin and interior sign; Beam sponsors, $5,000-$9,999, 12”x12” brick; Frame sponsors, $2,000-$4,999, 8”x8” brick; Wall sheeting sponsors, $500- $1,999, 6”x6” or 4”x8” brick; Floor board sponsors, $100 - $499, included on a plaque.

Support from members of the community is truly welcome. This building will be a positive image for the grounds and become essential for the activity of the BAS in the future.

Donations can be made by cheques made out to the Bayfield Agricultural Society and mailed to treasurer, Jim Erwin, Box 236, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. In addition arrangements have been made to handle donations of stocks or bonds. All sponsor level donations will receive a charitable donation receipt for income tax purposes. If further information is required, call Doug Yeo at 519 482-9296.

The cement pad was to have been laid in November but weather did not cooperate. The contractor has assured the building committee that the new building will be completed before the end of winter. The members of the BAS ask the community for support in sponsoring this project and celebrating this achievement.

Access to Council agendas made more user friendly 

The way the public can access agendas for the Municipality of Bluewater Council has been made more user friendly.

Implementation of new meeting management software provided by iCompass Technologies, Inc. will increase efficiency, reduce staff time, create more transparency regarding Council business, and provide easily accessible council agendas and minutes, said Bluewater Clerk, Chandra Alexander. Residents have been able to access council agendas using this new tool since Nov. 29, when the Council Portal went live in time for the Dec. 3 inaugural meeting of Bluewater Council. Access to the Council Portal can be found through the Bluewater municipal website, or by visiting

The Clerk noted that, “iCompass agenda management software will reduce staff resources required to support meetings, freeing staff to focus on other important tasks and projects, to better serve council and committees of council. The Council Portal will provide increased transparency, and allow residents to easily search for information and documents.”

Residents are encouraged to subscribe to the E-Updates feature and receive notifications when agendas are published prior to upcoming meetings.

Fees for use of the new iCompass software are $10,400 plus HST annually. Alexander estimates that the iCompass software will realize savings of approximately $6,000 a year in reduced staff costs. iCompass’s cloud-based meeting management solution is compliant with provincial and international accessibility requirements, such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2).


24130886407_f08f1d993a_k Nolan Geddis and his little brother, Kyle, were both happy to see Santa at the 12th annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar in 2017. This Sunday, Dec. 9 the club will host their 13th annual breakfast starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. The breakfast will cost $7 for adults and $3 for children; three and under are free. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Life at the rink

Looking to watch some hockey?

Bayfield 50+ will take on Exeter 50+ on Thursday, Dec. 6 starting at 8 p.m. in the Bayfield Arena. 

Chess Club

Anyone interested in forming a chess club in Bayfield?

The idea is to provide a regular forum, not only for experienced players, but also those who would like to take up the game. Depending on the response, we will pick a place and weekly time that best suits everyone.

For more information please call Ian Scott-Douglas at 519 441-2433 or email


Home4Good would like to announce changes to their Shopping Buddy Program with the regretful closure of the Nip ‘N Tuck which offered grocery delivery in Bayfield over the past few months.

To fill this need Home4Good is recruiting shopping buddies willing to partner with a senior and either take them shopping and/or pick up their groceries. Call Leslie at 519 955-1531 for information about being a buddy or getting a buddy.

Home4Good shopping buddies will take seniors shopping (or pick up shopping for them) at least once a month but not more than once a week. They are screened volunteers, and will probably be doing their own errands as they help others.

The Home4Good Info Hub operates on the first Monday of the month 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. At any other time of the month should people have concerns or questions they are welcome to approach library staff who will refer inquiries to Hub volunteers.

To learn more visit:


Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? 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.


The St. Andrew’s United Church Choir and the Goderich Harbouraires are teaming up to host a concert entitled, “Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 9.

St. Andrew’s United Church will host the afternoon of music starting at 3 p.m.

Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased from John Davies by calling 519 565-2813 or from members of both choirs.


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. 14 to ensure that the elves can send out a response before Santa begins his annual journey.

remarkable citizens sought 

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

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

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

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

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




reminiscing about the soup & sweets luncheon at St. James

Editor’s Note: Warden Donna Butson reminisces about a long-time outreach event held at St. James’ Anglican Church, Middleton on the eve of the permanent closing of this place of worship, Dec. 30.



On Sunday, Nov. 25, the congregation of St. James’, Middleton held their last Soup & Sweets event. This fundraiser started more than 15 years ago when two members of the congregation had an idea. In the grey days of November, it might be fun to bring the church family together after church, to share in a simple soup lunch and a lot of socializing. Don and Donna Butson offered to make the lunch if others would donate to the Huron County Christmas Bureau.

It must have been a good idea because it just kept going and growing.

St. James’ is an old-fashioned country church and as result two things happened very quickly. The ladies just had to contribute to the food and why not spread the hospitality. Within a couple of years word of mouth and a little advertising brought up to 70 friends, relatives and members of the community to the Country Soup Lunch. The event in November became a regular outreach event for the little church on the corner of Bayfield Road and Tipperary Line. Some of the past luncheons included music presented by the Holmesville Public School music groups. They would come to the Church Service at 11 a.m. and add their musical talents to the service, do a number or two as the lunch was served and stay for lunch. We weren’t sure how popular soup would be for the younger crowd so we expanded the menu to include hot dogs on those Sundays.

Like many churches, the ladies of St. James’ were well known for their baking skills and to entice folks the name of the event was changed to highlight the two main courses: Soup & Sweets. The most recent event held on Nov. 25 featured nine soups, all homemade with known ingredients as well as a sweets table that included an assortment of goodies from chocolate cream pie to butterscotch squares. Rounding out the festive menu were breads and biscuits, cheese and crackers and a relish tray plus coffee and tea.

Perhaps the most memorable year occurred when the organizer hobbled into church looking for help to unload. She had hurt her foot getting ready for church but the food was all packed so her first stop was the church. She stayed for service and a few extra prayers that the foot would not be broken. Too sore to stay and help with the event she went on to Clinton Hospital alas it was broken! And then there was the time when we almost ran out of soup. Every year after that one or two would have an extra soup with them, just in case.

The Soup & Sweets event has always been by donation and all proceeds for the Huron County Christmas Bureau. It has always been in November and the theme has always been Christmas. For me it has meant digging into the Christmas box for decorations and that has meant the start of Christmas at my house. The ability to give to the Christmas Bureau, knowing the funds would bring happiness to children, perhaps in need of a little Christmas cheer, has warmed our hearts.

Sadly, this year was the last time for this event. It has been great fun. We thank all those folks who came over the years to eat and chat and eat and laugh and eat and say hello to friends and neighbors. We thank all the members of the St. James’ Church family because it took every member to make it work. Even though it was work, it was fun.

Applications for Celebrate Ontario grants now available 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is encouraging all local festival and event organizers to apply for a Celebrate Ontario grant for next year.

Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario. The deadline to apply for the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.

“From the many, many events and festivals I attend each year across the riding, I’m well aware that we are fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers and committees working hard to put on fantastic events that celebrate the amazing spirit of our local communities and help bring in local tourism,” Thompson said. “I encourage them to reach out and apply for much needed funds that could help existing events expand and new ones to get off the ground.”

Existing events that feature programming improvements, and new events requiring programming support may be eligible for funding. Applications must demonstrate how the Celebrate Ontario project or new event programming will:

• Increase community economic development and business partnerships

• Increase tourist attendance and expenditures

• Meet visitor demand and interests by creating engaging experiences

• Attract overnight stays and out-of-province tourists to a community.

“This is a marvelous opportunity for local groups and organizations to get financial assistance to help them Celebrate Ontario,” Thompson said.

Applications are made online. For more information visit or in Huron County contact the Tourism Advisor, Nancy Fallis at 1-800-265-4730 or 519 873-4482 or by email at


Hospice volunteer service

 “Remembering a life....and finding peace a Community Christmas Celebration” will be held on Dec. 6 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Clinton hosted by the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service.

For anyone wanting to remember a loved one with music, readings and candle lighting this evening is for those grieving a loss of a special person. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature guest soloist, Marianne Hogan accompanied by Jennifer Miltenburg. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of McGlynn’s Funeral Home.

For more information please contact Huron Hospice at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.


The members of the Goderich Little Theatre are inviting those in the community to a “Light Up the Night in Black & White Party” to be held at The Livery in Goderich on Dec. 31.

Those who attend are encouraged to deck themselves out in black and white and get ready to dance the night away from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

As the bells chime midnight and people say goodbye to 2018 guests can enjoy a glass of champagne to help ring in 2019! Also included in the night are music by a DJ, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 519 524-6262 or by visiting and clicking on the “Purchase Tickets” button.

Proceeds from this New Year’s Eve event will go towards a new lighting board for The Livery.


More young adults smoke in this province compared to all other age groups and they overwhelmingly say that they want to quit. The best way to do that? Use evidence-based quit aids and get into a program that has been specifically tailored for young adults aged 18 to 29 years.

The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) encourages local young adults to enter “wouldurather...”, an annual contest put on by “Leave the Pack Behind” that motivates Ontario young adults to quit smoking, cut back on their smoking or stay smoke-free for the chance to win cash prizes.

“The quitting process takes time and multiple attempts,” said Public Health Nurse Katie Crocker. “The earlier in life we get young adults to start the process, the earlier they will be successful.”

Quitting smoking can be difficult, and not everyone is ready to quit right now. That's why this unique contest offers four different categories in order to meet participants where they are at right now. People who smoke can enter to quit, cut back by half, or commit to stay away from smoking anytime they party or drink alcohol. People who don’t smoke or quit smoking can also enter the contest to commit to continuing their smoke-free lifestyle.

To support young adults to quit successfully, the wouldurather contest offers contestants the option to receive support emails, add a personal support crew, access eight weeks of free nicotine patch or gum and get proactive support calls or texts from the Smokers Helpline.

Hannah Mahaffy, the 2018 contest winner, said, “Quitting smoking has given me more lung capacity to do the things I love, like enjoying all day long snowshoe adventures with my better half. Now I encourage you to leave the pack behind and share your story, tips and tricks for others who are struggling with quitting toxic habits such as smoking cigarettes.”

Last year, more than 8,500 young adults entered the wouldurather… contest. Research suggests that up to 20 per cent of individuals who enter the contest will quit smoking compared to the five to seven per cent success rate that can be expected when individuals quit on their own.

wouldurather… is available to all young adults ages 18 to 29 who are residents of Ontario. Registration is open at until Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m.






Volume 10

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

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

This week, Roy McLeod is said to be in this picture taken around 1930. Does anyone recognize him or the others pictured? (Archives Code: PB10104 PC)

PB10104 PC Roy McLeod c1930

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



PB10108 PC Ernest Kneeshaw tallest at center back c1930 

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


 PB12 1a Robert McLeod possibly WW2

In Issue 487, we recognize those who served our country. Records indicate that this image is of Robert McLeod during WWII. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 1a)  



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Bayfield lions' club

bingo crowd giddy with dreams of a family feast 

IMG_0116Lions John Hedley and Tom Grasby kept the games moving and the crowd calm. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

 fullsizeoutput_4d06For the last three years the popularity of the Bayfield Lions' Club's Turkey Bingo continues to grow with a record breaking crowd filling the community centre on Dec. 3.

fullsizeoutput_4cf6New this year players could buy a "Turkey Pac" and a Share the Wealth Book for a night of $20 entertainment.  

fullsizeoutput_4ce8Keeping the night running smoothly were Lions Paul Callery, Peter Keightley, John Hedley and Tom Grasby.

fullsizeoutput_4cabWith the implementation of Bingo sheets, instead of the old fashioned Bingo cards used for decades, there were a lot less Bingo-offs. In fact only two of these play-off style games were held, however, the lack of competition didn't make celebrating the win any less exhilarating.  

 fullsizeoutput_4cccSharon Wingrove completed the letter "X" on her Bingo card to take home the 12th turkey of the night.

fullsizeoutput_4cddJoy Yates was the first to complete a postage stamp shape on her Bingo card earning her turkey number 13!

 IMG_0148Bingo is a thrilling word to shout especially when a cash prize is in the offing. (Photo by Jack Pal)

IMG_0138People often come from far and wide for a chance at winning a turkey and this year one woman in attendance hailed from Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jack Pal)  


Attendance records were broken again at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Annual Christmas Turkey Bingo held on the evening of Dec. 3. The official count was 192 patrons confirming it as the largest crowd ever to take part. People often come from far and wide for a chance at winning a turkey and this year one woman in attendance hailed from Denver, Colorado.

Bingo caller Lion Tom Grasby ended the evening by thanking all who attended.

“We are sold-out with every 50/50 over $100. Bayfield rocks!” he exclaimed.

All had their Bingo dabbers at the ready in anticipation of winning one of 14 turkeys - or five of the largest share-the-wealth prizes ever - at the event held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cash prizes ranged from $112 to $150 and no one had to share their winnings this year. There were also two door prize turkeys.

This year the Lions moved the Bingo into the current century replacing the nostalgic, old-world Bingo cards in favor of a complete dabber Bingo format. The result was less multiple Bingos during the Turkey games. In fact, only two games resulted in these play-off scenarios with the person with the next number called on their winning card going home with a turkey while the other received $5 to put toward the family feast. Organizers were pleased with the way the new format went adding that it made the evening flow smoother and faster.

Those people who enjoyed the exhilaration which comes with shouting “Bingo”, and even those who did not, enjoyed taking part in a fun Bayfield tradition on a pleasant December night helping the Bayfield Lions’ Club raise some funds for their many community projects in the process.

This year all proceeds were divided among the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep), based at Trinity Anglican Church; the Huron Women’s Shelter, Clinton Public Hospital and Alexandra Marine and General Hospital.

fullsizeoutput_4d09The Bayfield Breeze editor had the distinction of checking the game balls prior to the start of the evening.

fullsizeoutput_4cfeMaggie Bullen took home the first turkey of the night after Lion Dave Overboe reviewed her card.  

fullsizeoutput_4cbaBob Cosford was all smiles when a diagonal line brought the desired result - the 10th turkey of the night was his to take home!  

IMG_0160Patti McDonald came away with one of the five share-the-wealth games. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_0139Lions' club members hand out the cash to a lucky share-the-wealth prize winner. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

IMG_0154Penny Overboe was a lucky winner at the Bayfield Lions' Turkey Bingo held on Monday night. (Photo by Jack Pal)  




PIXILATED — image of the week


Stairs...By Andy Wilson

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued






Melody Falconer-Pounder


This week I offer a little public service announcement:

Next time you go to drive after sundown please take a moment and check to ensure that both your headlights are shining brightly. I have lost count of the number of “cyclops” vehicles that have approached us while out driving after dark this autumn. It sometimes can be a little disconcerting. Stay safe and be sure your car lights are both shining brightly this holiday season. – Melody

P.S. And as always, judicious use of the high beams, or “brights” as we call them, are appreciated.


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

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


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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