Bookmark and Share   Dec. 14, 2011   Vol. 3 Week 51 Issue 128

"Home for christmas in story and song" is santa approved

“Home for Christmas in Story and Song” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 3 p.m. The event will feature a reading of Jan Brett's new Christmas book, "Home for Christmas". The first 20 families with children to arrive will receive a free copy of the book due to the generosity of local friends of youth, the Optimist Club of Bayfield. And judging from the picture, Santa approves! (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


On the afternoon of Dec. 18, The Bayfield Town Hall and The Village Bookshop are teaming up to present a unique family Christmas event where people can share in some Christmas cheer and help feed those who may otherwise go hungry over the holidays.

“Home for Christmas in Story and Song” will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 3 p.m. The event will feature a reading of Jan Brett's new Christmas book, "Home for Christmas" combined with music by The Glee Sisters. The readers will be village residents, Mary Wolfe, Judy Keightley and Erin Roy.

Those who plan to attend this afternoon should plan to come early as the first 20 families with children to arrive will receive a free copy of “Home for Christmas” due to the generosity of local friends of youth, the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Tickets are available now for $5 for adults and children under the age of 12 years are free. Please call The Village Bookshop at 519 565-5600.

A monetary donation or non-perishable food items will also be accepted at this event as all proceeds and donations will be shared between the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) in Exeter and Bayfield’s Trinity Anglican Church locally based outreach program known as Feed My Sheep.

United Communities Credit Union and the Optimist Club of Bayfield are the sponsors of this event.

Photography club assigned to calendar project for 2013

The Photography Club of Bayfield (PCOB) membership is excited to announce that they have taken on the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar project for 2013.

A new Flickr account has been created so all in the community can submit their photos for possible inclusion on the calendar pages. It is

“It is important to note that anyone can contribute up to 10 photos per day; you don’t need to be a member of PCOB. Please invite your friends to contribute to this project. The more photos we have, the better the calendar will be,” said Jack Pal, representing the PCOB.

The main theme for the 2013 Bayfield Calendar will be “Bayfield and area through the four seasons”.

“We would like the photos to be recognizable as being truly Bayfield and area,” said Pal.

In attempting to achieve this goal the submissions will be divided into five subcategories: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Christmas in Bayfield and Holidays.

“In our selection process we will assign submissions to these five streams. To assist us in this process it will be helpful if those who post could tag their photos with one of these subcategories, although this is not mandatory,” said Pal.

The final selections will be sent for publishing in early July to allow for more time to sell the calendars.

“This earlier publishing date, however, means that photos that fit a few of these will already have been taken...perhaps by someone in the community or by a visitor,” Pal concluded. “Why not sort through your favorites and start contributing to the new Flickr group? This will encourage others to do the same.”


Brian Coombs representing the Bayfield Vettefest recently presented Margo Robeson, president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society with a cheque for $600 from profits realized at the 2011 corvette show held in Clan Gregor Square. Bayfield Vettefest 2012 will be held on July 6-7. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Relief Fund exceeds goal  

Aug. 21, a devastating F3 Tornado struck Goderich. Aug. 22 the fundraising efforts began. Dec. 8 the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund (GADRF) exceeded $3.7 million in donations.

Tom Jasper, chair of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund recently announced, “Our fundraising goal of $3.5 million has been surpassed.”

With the provincial funding of up to 2:1, the $3.5 million could generate over $10 million to pay up to 90 per cent of the eligible claims.

“The real winner is the reputation of the Goderich community,” said Jasper. “Donations from outside the municipalities impacted by the tornado accounted for over 65 per cent of the total amount donated. Donations came from nine of Canada’s ten provinces. Donations from the United States totaled $55,000; online donations exceeded $40,000 and the Huron County household mailer generated over $163,000. It is extremely gratifying to see the huge number of people and organizations who care about our community and donated to such a worthwhile cause as tornado relief.”

While Dec. 1 was the official close to the fundraising drive, the committee will still accept donations.

Jasper said, “There are a number of corporations and foundations that are still considering donating to the GADRF and we will be pleased to accept their donations.”

Duncan Jewell is chair of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee (GADRC). He said, “It will be some time before the committee knows the total amount of money required to pay up to 90 per cent of the eligible claims not covered by insurance as many claimants do not have their information to file with their application. Further, the GADRC is waiting for a response to a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the Province’s financial commitment to the program.”

As of the Nov. 25 deadline 372 applications were received. The GADRC will begin reviewing the applications in the near future.

Jasper said, “Many, many thanks go to the volunteers led by Community Co-Chairs Ken Dunn, Matt Hoy, Irene Blight and Anne Marie Patrick who worked tirelessly preparing the fundraising materials. Without the over 25 volunteer canvassers who conducted the personal and business canvass and the 40 volunteers who stuffed over 32,000 envelopes, the fundraising campaign conducted over 12 weeks would never have been so successful.”


Following on their promise to receive and distribute tornado relief donations where needed most, the United Way of Perth Huron (UWPH) has allocated a total of $17,000 to Goderich area agencies providing service to tornado victims.

United Way Program Review and Allocation Committee members, including five residents of Goderich, recently made their decision to support Big Brothers Big Sisters North Huron, Huron Safe Homes for Youth, Huron Women’s Shelter and South Huron Big Brothers Big Sisters. The allocations were based on applications from agencies that cited expenses related to relief efforts.

Ryan Erb, executive director of UWPH said, “Agencies have been on the front lines dealing with the people, finding solutions for housing, meeting monetary and physical needs since the day of the disaster. These recipients are among many agencies who provided support and we are pleased to help where we can.”

“This special funding comes at a critical time for our organization,” said Michele Hansen, executive director of the Huron Women’s Shelter. “The disaster came when we were already working above and beyond our normal mandate. Our occupancy numbers are way up and so are our costs while normal donations are lower because the community is focused on the disaster. We have provided emergency shelter for some victims of the tornado, and we have seen a marked increase in the need for food and clothing items. Without the assistance of the United Way, it would be incredibly difficult to continue meeting the many and growing needs of our clients.”

The UWPH will make a second distribution to local agencies in the New Year as the aftermath of the tornado continues.

Susan Moffat, chair of the Program Review and Allocations Committee for UWPH said, “We know there are many, many needs and our goal is to invest these special donated dollars to assist relief efforts by channeling them through community based agencies.”


The Optimist Club of Bayfield held a raffle on a couple fabulous prizes for children. Optimist Mike Dixon assisted Santa in the drawing of the prizes on Dec. 11. First prize, a doll with many terrific handmade accessories went to Jan Kuntz and second prize, a remote control truck was won by Crystal Wright. Now for those of you paying close attention Kuntz was the maker of all those wonderful doll clothes - so she generously donated it to a young girl she met at the Breakfast who was quite enamoured of the prize. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


empties for alzheimers

Last year two local women started a unique initiative to raise money for their participation in the Walk for Memories that raises funds for the Alzheimer Society. By collecting empty beer cans and bottles, pop cans, wine and liquor bottles, as well as some other fundraisers; their team “For the Love of Elane and Doris”, was the top fundraising team in the county.

It is a title Dianne Brandon and Carrie Courtney would like to maintain this year during the 2012 Walk for Memories to be held on Jan. 28.

It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empties to the cause. The ladies being honored are currently living with Alzheimer Disease, Elane Brandon, Courtney’s grandmother, and Doris Schilbe, Dianne’s mother.

Empties of all sorts may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield before Dec. 24 or after Jan. 5. Empties can also be taken directly to Bayfield Convenience, just mention you’d like to donate “For the love of Elane and Doris” Courtney and Brandon will even come to your door on Jan. 9 to pick them up just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 565-2677 or 519 565-2545 to make arrangements.

In addition, Brandon is currently selling Rheo Thompson Mint Smoothies at Brandon’s Hardware for $2 each all proceeds to the cause. A sweet stocking stuffer!

heritage committee

The Bluewater Heritage Committee will present the unveiling of a heritage plaque for the Historic Zurich Hotel on Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Smiley’s Pizza and Pub. All are welcome to attend.

A highlight of this event will be the 50/50 draw to be made by the Zurich Lions’ Club proceeds from which will go to the Heritage Hay Twp. Hall Renovation.

CPH Auxiliary

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore the work of the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest. 

The Auxiliary met in the CPH Conference room on Dec. 5 with 33 members present.

It was announced that the 7th Annual Gift of Light Ceremony held on Nov. 25 was very successful. The Auxiliary would like to extend their gratitude to everyone for their continued support of this event.

Auxiliary President Ann MacLean welcomed guest, Joan Chesney, Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario President - South Central Region to the meeting. She thanked the members for all the volunteer hours they have given.

Following the morning meeting the members decorated the hospital for the Christmas Season. After all the baubles were hung the members enjoyed a luncheon and silent auction.

The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m. New members are always welcome.

presbyterian church

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield would like to invite all in the community to their “Longest Night Service” to be held on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

This service is for anyone who is finding it difficult to be joyful during this festive season. Whether this is due to the loss of loved ones or other circumstances all are invited to share in scriptures and carols.

Those who take part will also have the opportunity to place a star on a tree in the sanctuary, a place where their personal sadness may be acknowledged and absorbed.

pioneer park

In 1945, Lucy Woods Diehl, a life-long resident of Bayfield, enlisted the aid of several friends of the community to preserve the last piece of undeveloped lakefront property on the bluff overlooking the Bayfield River and Lake Huron.
Woods also decided that the land should be owned and operated by an association and not by individuals. The original directors chose the name Pioneer Park as a tribute to the early settlers of Bayfield. Their vision remains today and is still driven by the support of volunteers.

The Pioneer Park Association is currently looking for volunteers to join the board of directors. They are looking for a secretary as well as a treasurer.

The secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes at the board meetings held four or five times per year) as well as the Annual General Meeting. The treasurer will be responsible for dealing with the financial transactions that will include writing cheques and making bank deposits. The treasurer does not need to be an accountant but needs to have good attention to detail.

Please contact Neil Duffy at if you would like to learn more about either of these positions.

lions' club

An important holiday tradition for many shut-ins and octogenarians in the community is their annual visit from a member of the Bayfield Lions’ Club. The Lions have been spreading Christmas cheer to seniors and the home bound for over 40 years.

People in the community who may know of individuals who qualify for a visit, or who has turned 80 years young this year, should call Lion Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786 or call and leave a message at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building (BLCB) at 519 565-5170.

Anyone wishing to become involved in the Bayfield Lions’ Club, that has both male and female members, are invited to call the number listed above for the BLCB. One of the members will be only too glad to give you a call or pay a visit.

town hall

Back in February, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) held a very successful fundraising event for the Clinton Food Bank to coincide with the Family Day Weekend. “Soups On, Bayfield” was guaranteed to provide participants with some comfort food on a cold winter’s day and now those soup samplings prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups can provide comfort all winter long as the recipes have been compiled into a first edition cookbook.

The cookbook entitled, “Soup's On in Bayfield” is said to be a delectable collection of soups from the event as well as village restaurants, friends and neighbors.

There are still a limited number of cookbooks remaining and they can be purchased at the bookshop.

All proceeds from the cookbook will be used for the maintenance of the Bayfield Town Hall as well as cultural outreach by the BTHHS. The book is selling for $20.

hearing clinic

Have you heard the news? A new monthly hearing clinic is being established in the village at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy. The next date for the clinic is Dec. 20.

The Kincardine Hearing Clinic will be offering their services on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic will offer: hearing aid adjustments and repairs to all makes and models, no cost hearing tests, new prescription of hearing aids, wax removal, hearing aid battery sales as well as hard of hearing assistive devices.

To book an appointment please call The Kincardine Hearing Clinic at 1-855-396-6026.

chamber of commerce

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce unveiled this fall the result of their second calendar project created to not only raise funds for the chamber but community groups and merchants as well.


The 2012 Bayfield Calendar features photography by Jack Pal, Cate Cuerden, Dianne Brandon, Kristyn Watterworth, Maggie Brennan and Gary Lloyd-Rees.

2011 marked the first calendar initiative and it is reported that this unique reminder of the heritage village on a Great Lake was sent to family and friends around the world.

The calendar is now available for purchase for $10 and would make a great holiday or customer appreciation gift. They are available from many merchants on Bayfield’s Main Street, as well as some community and church groups.






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. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, it was a full house in 1956 when the Bayfield Scouts Charter Night was held. Does anyone recognize some of the faces in the crowd?  

Remember Me 128

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



Remember Me 126

In Issue 126, Ed Weston, Mel Davidson, Ben Rathwell and Jack Stuart sit around the ballot box in the Bayfield Town Hall on Election Day in July 1955.


Remember Me 127

In Issue 127, parked outside of the Bayfield Town Hall on Election Day in July 1955 were vehicles owned by Spin Irwin and Had Stinson as well as the local School and the Bayfield Hardware Truck.




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optimist club of Bayfield 


Two year-old Hudson Hessel-Cairns was a little timid about meeting Santa Claus but with some extra support from his mother, Tara Hessel, and a little gift from Santa he put on a brave face.

Abby Byers enjoyed an audience with the jolly ole' elf himself.

Three year-old Danika Dykstra is a veteran at visits with Santa.

At seventeen months Jackson Hivert wasn't really interested in visiting with the Jolly Old Elf...maybe next year.

Niv Reid Lifshitz was fascinated by Santa's beard.


 A steady stream of folks came through the doors of the Bayfield Village Inn on Dec. 11 for the sixth annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

And they brought along their appetites consuming 22 dozen eggs, 16 pounds of bacon and five boxes of pancake mix were made into light and fluffy pancakes. 

The club greatly appreciates those businesses that sponsor the family friendly function including: Bayfield Foodland, Fairholme Dairy, Bayfield Village Inn, Brandon’s Hardware and Albert Schilbe.

In addition to a hearty meal, several children took advantage of the opportunity to spend a little time with the jolly old elf, himself. It is reported that with this year’s mild weather Santa had no difficulty making it back to his workshop following the event.


One year-old Koen Dykstra was a little unsure of the visiting with Santa process.


He did, however, manage to regain his composure.


But only for a moment.


Siobhan and Aidhan (right) Kleuskens, of Goderich, share a hug with Santa Claus.


The youngest child to visit with Santa this year was one month-old Dante Clydesdale.




PIXILATED — image of the week


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Ice encrusted logs on Bayfield beach..By Dave Rooke


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






Melody Falconer-Pounder


A favorite Christmas tradition of mine is watching “Miracle on 34th Street”. I own both versions on VHS – the black and white original starring Natalie Wood and the 90s color version with Mara Wilson in the same role. I always try to make time to watch them both. Although I must admit that I’m partial to the remake – l love the timeless quality established in this more modern version and I love the sense of comic timing that young Mara has. I’ve watched this film so much in fact I often mimic her lines when suitable occasions arise in real life.

And to add to the mix this year I discovered the “The Prep and Landing” animated series with David Foley to be both clever and endearing. These may become stories that I introduce my grandson to when he’s old enough to sit upright without assistance.

Here’s hoping that you too can take some time this holiday season to curl up on the couch and by the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree enjoy a holiday classic or a new creation – there isn’t much better to help you get into a festive mood – with maybe a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie or two thrown in for good measure. - 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 519-565-2443.
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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: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder