Bookmark and Share   Dec. 6, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 50 Issue 440


30812344103_ba4ad08b1c_kDanika Dykstra shared her Christmas wish list with the man himself at the Bayfield Optimist Club's Annual Breakfast with Santa held in Dec. 2016 at The Ashwood Bourbon Bar. This year the breakfast is moving to this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

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.

transformative tale to support Residential Hospice 

carol poster

“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.

A visit to poinsettia festival a decades old tradition 


IMG_0900Dave Steckle, of Huron Ridge Greenhouses, welcomed visitors to their annual Poinsettia Candlelight Festival to sit at the cozy fire with him and have a chat. This annual tradition concluded over the weekend but once again delighted many, many visitors preparing for the festive season.  

For about 11 years, the Steckle family has transformed their main greenhouse at Huron Ridge Greenhouses into a holiday delight. Twinkle lights and candles provide a soft glow while the myriads of poinsettias provide dramatic flashes of color. Surrounding the benches of plants are a few inspiring ideas for holiday decorating from an exhuberant Snowman tree to vintage, rustic country touches.

Visitors to the festival may have been surprised to learn that Huron Ridge carries 16 different varieties of Poinsettias including such exotic kinds as Northern Lights.

For these Poinsettias the adventure began back in July when one-inch tall cuttings were shipped to the Huron Ridge greenhouses from Central America. The little cuttings were put into soil and then placed on a misting bench in the greenhouse until they took root.

At that point they were planted into the containers they will be purchased in. But the work was not over, the centre of each plant was then “pinched” out by hand to force it to branch out and grow multiple blooms. They were lovingly minded through summer and fall in anticipation of the wonderful colorful display they would offer in late November.

These locally grown plants are then sold in Southern Ontario. Huron Ridge is the only greenhouse in Huron County that grows these plants.

The benches at Huron Ridge are never empty because once Poinsettia season is over they will be replaced by early spring Pansies already seeded and growing in anticipation of longer days and sunnier skies.

And although the Poinsettia Festival is over for this year even a visit to the greenhouse in the daytime can fill visitors with the holiday spirit. They are currently open until Dec. 22 - Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

IMG_0884 Twinkle lights and candles provide a soft glow while the myriads of poinsettias provide dramatic flashes of color at Huron Ridge Greenhouses on the evening of Nov. 30. 

IMG_0891 Over the three weekends the festival is held staff at Huron Ridge start lighting the candles at about 5 p.m. so that visitors might enjoy the displays of plants by shimmering candlelight as darkness falls.

IMG_0883 Visitors to the festival may have been surprised to learn that Huron Ridge carries 16 different varieties of Poinsettias including such exotic kinds as Northern Lights (pictured).

IMG_0903A visit to Huron Ridge Greenhouses wouldn't be complete without spotting a feline friend. This wee cat found the coziest spot of all to sleep during the third weekend of the festival.

IMG_0892 Surrounding the benches of plants are a few inspiring ideas for holiday decorating from an exhuberant Snowman tree to vintage, rustic country touches.

IMG_0902 In addition to poinsettias visitors to the festival could purchase other decorations for their holiday decor. 


Life at the rink

People are never too old to lace up their skates and take to the ice for “Canada’s Game” and members of the community are invited to come out and watch two games at the Bayfield Arena this week.

The Bayfield Relics have home ice advantage against the Huron Park Stephen Firemen tonight (Dec. 6) at 8:30 p.m.

The Bayfield Relics are an Oldtimers Hockey Team that was founded in 1987. Their home ice is the Bayfield Arena. The Relics play their season schedule versus teams from Huron and Middlesex Counties.

Then tomorrow night (Dec. 7) it is time for some over 50 hockey as the Exeter 50+ visit Bayfield at 8 p.m. to take on their rivals, the Bayfield 50+ hockey team.

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

santa visits 

For too many years to count the Bayfield Lions’ Club, with the assistance of Santa, have had a Christmas tradition of visiting residents in the community who have achieved the age of 80 plus, as well as anyone who is homebound.

This year the event is planned for Dec. 9 if you know of anyone that would appreciate a Christmas visit from the Lions’ Club members please call Lion Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786 with their name address and phone number before Dec. 8.

All residents will receive a confirmation call prior to the visit.

Knox Church

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will once again host their "The Longest Night" Service on Dec. 21.

Anyone struggling with Christmas is invited to attend a gentle, hopeful Christmas service for all those who want to cope better with the holidays and have an opportunity to light a candle of hope.

Whatever their reason for coming those who do will find a warm welcome from a supportive community starting at 7 p.m.

All are welcome Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. to a Candlelight Service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And all in the community are invited to the Advent Services leading up to the Christmas that are scheduled for Dec. 10, 17 and 24th all at 11 a.m.


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.

Trip a Month 

Trip Winners December 2017 McBeath
Doug and Joyce McBeath  

Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) is pleased to announce that Joyce and Doug McBeath of Thedford, ON are the winners of the twelfth and final draw in BAFHT’s Trip A Month lottery. The December prize is a $2,000 travel voucher package.

BAFHT wants to thank everyone who purchased a ticket in their travel lottery as well as all the generous donors who have contributed to the expansion project so far.

The Trip A Month lottery has been part of BAFHT’s ongoing fundraising campaign to raise over $600,000 for its building expansion and renovation project. Just over half of our goal has been raised to date and we are looking for the community’s continued support. BAFHT is a registered charity and tax receipts will be issued for donations.

For further details on the project or to join our patient roster or to donate, kindly contact Paula at or 519 236-4413.


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.


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.

Cookies will also be for sale at the Maker's Outdoor Market on The Square in Goderich on Dec. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 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:


IMG_3606 At the Hensall Horticultural Society annual Christmas Potluck held recently, guest speaker Jaela, owner of Earthen Elegance Floral in Exeter and Lucan, demonstrated the techniques of making a fresh seasonal wreath. Shown with the florist is Nancy Brandie (left) who was thrilled when her name was chosen to take the wreath home. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)



huron Residential hospice receives provincial funding

Hospice Logo

Plans are moving forward for the Huron Residential Hospice (HRH). In a recent letter from the Honorable Eric Hoskins, minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Ontario government has approved the following:

• A one time planning grant of up to $120,000 to assist Huron Volunteer Visiting Services with the costs of planning; and

• A maximum one time capital grant of up to $680,000 to support the development of four beds as part of the Huron Perth Residential Hospice - Huron site including the preparation and completion of a Stage 2 business case.

This brings the total maximum funding available for Huron Hospice Visiting Service to $800,000.

This investment from the Ontario government is part of a new program to support the creation of new and expanded hospices across Ontario, which will support more than 2,000 additional people and their families each year.

Once renovations and construction is complete, the Ontario government will also provide the HRH with $420,000 every year to support the cost of operating the new four bed hospice.

The hospice will provide for a home-like setting and will focus on providing comfort and compassion to individuals in the final stages of life, as well as a comfortable place for their families to stay.

“The provision of these funds from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is most appreciated. There is an urgent need for residential hospice care in Huron County. These funds will certainly help us to move forward in our vision to make moments matter for those in our community who are at the end of life and who choose to receive high quality hospice palliative care in our hospice,” said Shirley DInsmore, Executive director, Huron Hospice Volunteer Visiting Service.

“Our government is providing more funding for hospices across Ontario. In 2016, we committed to expanding palliative and end-of-life care so that everyone in Ontario can receive high-quality and compassionate care closer to home. Helping hospices to open new beds means more families will benefit,” said John Fraser, Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, responsible for the hospice palliative care strategy.

Last February the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) gave approval for a four bed hospice in Central Huron and a six bed hospice in Stratford.

The estimated cost of necessary renovations and construction at HRH is approximately 2.5 million. Anyone wishing to learn more about donating to this much needed project can contact Daryl Ball, Fundraising chairperson at Huron Hospice Volunteer Service by calling 519 482-3440, Ext. 6301.

More details about the HRH are available at

Bach Music Festival in search of new artistic director 

After a very successful festival in July, the Bach Music Festival (BMF) of Canada is undergoing significant changes.

The Festival, held in South Huron, saw strong audiences as music lovers flocked to see Fiddler Shane Cook, Violinist Lara St. John, Cellist Cameron Crozman, and other stellar performers. Attendance was robust as well for the finale concert which featured an orchestra and mass choir performing various pieces, including four new compositions by Canadian composers in honor of Canada’s 150. The BMF also included a Youth Arts Immersion Camp that culminated in the youth performing Dave McKenzie’s play “Earth Song” featuring plenty of music.

Thanks to excellent attendance at the concerts and strong sponsorship support, the BMF posted a modest financial surplus. The BMF proper is held every second summer, with festival events presented in between, and the surplus will be used to meet ongoing expenses.

At the top of the list in terms of changes is the retirement of BMF Co-founder and Artistic Director Gerald Fagan. After years of dedication and hard work to establish the BMF, Fagan decided it was time to pass the torch.

“It is time to pass the creative energies to a new person; and to watch from a distance the continued significance of our concept,” Fagan said in a letter to the Board of Directors.

A Member of the Order of Canada and one of the country’s premier choral conductors, Fagan expressed optimism that the BMF would continue to grow and flourish.

“I believe the festival has an unlimited future as a major cultural force in our country…what started as a dream is now a reality,” he said.

The Board is currently mapping out a vision for the BMF going forward, and preparing to search for a new artistic director to lead the way.

The Board is also searching for new members to participate in this exciting journey of renewing the BMF and moving on to new heights. Anyone who would like to consider joining the Board, please contact Board Member Paul Ciufo at 519 235-2740, or by email at

Anyone wishing to connect with the BMF or keep abreast of the latest developments can visit


meditative trail

HRH logo draft 

On Sunday, Dec. 10, if weather allows, a "Meditative Trail" will be christened at the new Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) and the community is invited to join in the celebratration.

Everyone is welcome and walking and hiking groups from all over Huron County are invited to the event that will begin at 2 p.m. In keeping with the festive season and Canadian tradition, afterwards hot cider will be served at the house.

Peter Jeffers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and Roger Goddard from the Maitland Trail Association (MTA), helped design and create this "Meditative Trail” in the meadow and trees on the land behind the Hospice. It's not a long or difficult path, but it will be a huge benefit to family members and friends who have been sitting with or caring for residents for hours at a time. This trail will offer an opportunity to get some fresh air in a natural setting to relieve stress and help manage grief.

There is still some trail development that will take place and some benches to be installed by a stream, but since the HRH will be open to residents next March, this will probably be the last opportunity for the community to view it before the snow falls.

The new HRH is located on Hwy 8 between Clinton and Holmesville and is across the road from the Woodland Golf Course.


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

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.

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





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, we feature a gathering of folks. Records indicate that included in the photo are: Mrs Thomas, Don Draeger, Mrs Bonnie Rudolph, Ollie Schalitz, Mrs Almer Schalitz, Clifford Rudolph, and Mariam Almers circa1930. Does anyone remember them or recognize others? (Archives Code: PB10086 PC)

PB10086 PC Remember Me 440

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



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)


PB10041 PC Remember Me 439 

In Issue 439, 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)



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Bayfield Town Hall 

magical evening of chrstmas music

_MG_4278Members of the London Citadel Salvation Army Band performed their annual concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 24.  

_MG_4287  A neighborhood carol service held in early December 1984 at Saunders Secondary School in London attracted over 600 people. It has since been an annual event held at London's Centennial Hall and often enjoyed by crowds of 1.200 or more.  

_MG_4308The Citadel band was used for church services at Wolseley Barracks many times during WWII. On one occasion the band went to play to soldiers who were departing for overseas. The bandmaster asked if anyone had any requests. Someone yelled out "Roll Out the Barrel" - somehow the band was able to fulfill this request and played with their usual finesse.  

_MG_4311Bandmaster John Lam led members of the London Citadel Salvation Army Band during a concert held at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 24. Lam has been bandmaster since 1995.


On Nov. 24, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society hosted 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.

The band has been performing under the direction of Bandmaster John Lam since 1995.

Editor's note Photo captions include files from

_MG_4294 The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883.

_MG_4299Since the 1970s the band has made several recordings. Their latest work is entitled, "This I Know - Music of Inspiration for Brass Band". It is available for download on iTunes or from the band's website.  

_MG_4300In March of this year the band was invited to tour in the Southern United States. They performed concerts in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

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Last Leaf...By Bonnie Sitter

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


“Christmas (noun) The only time of year in which one can sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.”

The above saying graces a sign that sits near my desk in my new little office space. This absurd but true definition makes me smile every time I read it. I thought I’d share it with you here in hopes it too makes you smile midst the chaos that reigns as we all try to prepare for the holidays before the snow really begins to fall. - Melody


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