Bookmark and Share   Dec. 18, 2019   Vol. 11 Week 51 Issue 545

market spreads holiday cheer between albion and Black Dog 


IMG_9419Shortly after 5 p.m. The Black Dog Pub and Bistro was filled with holiday shoppers looking for unique, handcrafted gifts on Monday, Dec. 16 at the third annual Holiday Night Market.  

On Monday, Dec.16, the Holiday Night Market was buzzing with people shortly after the doors opened at 5 p.m. at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro and this year shoppers could also tour through the dining room at The Albion Hotel as the third annual event expanded next door.

Approximately 21 makers shared their creativity and shoppers could choose from a variety of unique gifts such as hand-crafted ornaments, florals, self-care elixers, sausages, craft beer, jewellery, art and photography.

It was the perfect evening to pick up those last-minute gifts with the added bonus of being able to socialize with friends by the outdoor fire pit at The Black Dog.

IMG_9414Seven Sisters Ritual Apothecary, of London, offered her products for sale at the Holiday Night Market at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro.  

IMG_9425Natalie Tarnawski (left) , the maker behind Runs with Deer Apothecary, organically grows 98 per cent of the herbs she uses in her products on her property north of Goderich.  

IMG_9423Makers offered a variety of whimsical and charming ornaments to entice visitors to the Holiday Night Market.  

IMG_9426 Ornaments from Owligraphy Design, both custom and off the tree, offer a rustically elegant touch to holiday decor.

IMG_9434Bayfield's River Road Brewing and Hops offered up both festive beverages and swag at the Holiday Night Market.  

IMG_9438The Holiday Night Market spilled out onto the porch at The Albion Hotel with some fabulously designed Santas and trees.

IMG_9445The Holiday Night Market expanded to The Albion Hotel in its third year.  

IMG_9449Black Sombrero, of Denfield, was slicing up samples of their sausage and pepperoni for visitors to the Holiday Night Market at The Albion Hotel.  

IMG_9451Susanne Carter, of Bayfield, spins all of her own yarn for her myriad of knitted creations.  


IMG_9446Baby booties for the wee ones on the nice list created by Susanne Carter.  

Out of the Blue book signing at The Village Book Shop tonight 

yatesphotoDavid Yates (Submitted photo)

Local author, David Yates, will be at The Village Book Shop this Wednesday, Dec. 18 to sign copies of his new book entitled, “Out of the Blue”.

The book is a compilation of over 50 stories on Huron County history covering the period from 1884 to the 1939 Royal Visit. The book signing will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Yates said the book is called Out of the Blue because so many of the stories are surprise discoveries of the off-beat and bizarre occurrences that happened in the county's past that have been all but forgotten today. It is also the sequel to last year's book “Out of the Woods” which sold well in excess of 1,000 copies.

Many would be surprised to learn that Maggie Pollock of Morris Township was the last person in Canada convicted of witchcraft; that Bayfield born Lystra Eggert Gretter is credited with writing the Nightingale Oath and transforming nursing into a profession; or that the largest beer bust on the Great Lakes during Prohibition originated in Goderich.

Stories about the impact of the 1918 Spanish Influenza in Huron; strange cures for venereal diseases and the night Ku Klux Klan rode into Exeter will fascinate anyone with an interest in the county that they call home. Other stories of the battle field heroics of Huron County soldiers during the Great War make gripping reading about a bygone era.

Yates is no stranger to Bayfield having grown up north of the village and taught at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton for most of his career. His book Out of the Blue is an idiosyncratic look at Huron County history that is an ideal Christmas gift.


cEntre for the arts 

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The Municipality of Bluewater Council endorsed the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) at their regular meeting on Dec. 2.

The BCA is intended to be a year-round, inclusive community space, promoting the visual arts such as, painting, photography, woodworking, digital media, etc.

As the individuals behind the concept continue their forward momentum, they ask that people consider filling out a short questionnaire (10 questions) so that they can better understand the artistic experiences and programs most desired by residents and visitors:

A Community Outreach Session will be scheduled for Spring 2020, please join the BCA mailing list at for updates on progress.

Councilor's corner 

The last Councilor’s Corner of 2019 will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre on Dec. 19. Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone welcomes all area citizens to join in these monthly sessions starting at 7 p.m.

Topics for this month will include: Secondary Plan, Wheelie Bins and the 2020 Budget.

Jesus' Birthday party 

On Dec. 24, Trinity St. James Anglican Church will host a Happy Birthday Jesus Party for area children and their families. It will be held in the parish hall at 10 Keith Cres starting at 5:30 p.m. After the party and the mini-cupcakes, all are welcome to attend a Christmas Eve Family Service at 6 p.m.

Chocolatey mint campaign 


Have you got your Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies yet? The local 2019 supply is almost gone! And 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.

Life at the Rink

The Bayfield Relics compete against the Lucan Leprechauns at the Bayfield Arena starting at 8 p.m. tonight (Dec. 18). 

Then on Thursday, Dec. 19, Bayfield 50+ take on Goderich 2 over 50 starting at 8 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

Knox Church, Bayfield 

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is celebrating the season all December long with lots of opportunity for the community to join.

Here is their schedule of upcoming events: Today (Dec. 18) at 1:30 p.m., Advent Reflections with soup; Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., fellowship, games and treats; Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., Longest Night Worship Service with Solace Singers; Dec. 22 at 11 a.m., fourth Sunday of Advent Service; Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Soloist Linda Street; Dec. 29 at 11 a.m., first Sunday after Christmas Day Service.

Longest Night Service

Knox Presbyterian Church will be hosting the “Longest Night Worship Service” on Dec. 21 and all who seek a time of reflection and spiritual worship in this season of advent are welcome.

Anyone grieving a loss or feeling down may find the special music and program beneficial. The Solace Choir will be a featured part of the program starting at 7 p.m.

“Solace” is a group of “bedside” singers who visit those who are ill to bring comfort with song, hence their name “solace”. In addition to the Saturday night service they are making themselves available to visit on that day.

To arrange a visit please contact their leader Deb Shelley at or Leslie Bella at or 519 955-1531.

Secretary needed

The Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) is presently seeking someone to serve as Secretary.

Computer skills required, and board experience an asset. The job would entail preparing the agenda and taking minutes for the monthly meeting, approximately five to six hours month. Volunteer Police Check required.

If you are interested, please contact Boa-Youmatoff by email:

 Bayfield Travel Club

The fourth meeting of the Bayfield Travel Club will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11.

It’s a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

The point of discussion will be culinary travel with a special guest from Collette Tours.

The club will meet from 1-2 p.m. at The Lake House of Bayfield in their conference room, at 21 Bayfield Main St. North.

christmas concert 

The Lakeview Mennonite Church choir will be performing a Christmas concert at the Bayfield Town Hall at 8 p.m. on Dec. 22. The concert is free and all are invited to come and share in the joy of the holiday season through music.



In support of Huron Residential Hospice (HRH) near Clinton, local artist Tammy Hopper has graciously donated a wonderful piece of acrylic art depicting a typical Huron County scene, entitled, "After the Rain".

This piece measures 16"X20" and will be on display at the Bayfield Public Library from now until Dec. 23.

Anyone interested in taking this beautiful piece of art home, is invited to participate in the silent auction, being held at the library during this same time frame. The highest bidder will be contacted at the close of the auction. 


The Bayfield River Valley Trails Association (BRVTA) allows all residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, including safe, historic and environmentally sensitive recreational trails, suitable for every fitness level.

Annual memberships allow them to keep the trails accessible, covering expenses such as liability insurance, maintenance, programming and training. 

A new hiking schedule for the coming season is being developed and will soon be made public. The hikes touch on a wide variety of interests for all age groups and anyone who has not been on one of these hikes in the past are encourage to try one. 

To make membership even more attractive, the BRVTA is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with the employee discount store of Columbia Sportswear, located at 1425 Max Brose Drive in London. By showing a current BRVTA membership card, people are allowed to shop at 40-50 per cent off regular retail pricing several times a year during a special invitation period. Members will be notified by email if they subscribe to the BRVTA monthly newsletter.

Membership is affordable! Annual membership fees are $20 or $30 for a family rate. The BRVTA will hold several membership drives, enabling people to get their membership card. Membership can also be activated through the website, As a member people will also receive special privileges to select Bayfield Trail events.

Anyone who has paid online or by mail, membership cards will be available for pick-up at the following membership drives: Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Bayfield Public Library from 3-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. or at the Annual Varna Winter Hike and Lunch at the Stanley Complex on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. There will also be a membership drive at the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Home and Garden Show held at the Bayfield Arena on Apr. 24-26.

For further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BRVTA by e-mail at: 



drop in application days this week for dental care

The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a new publicly-funded dental care program to help eligible low-income seniors access dental care.

The OSDCP provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits. In Huron County, approximately 600 seniors are estimated to be eligible for the program.

To qualify for the program, seniors must be 65 years of age or older, Ontario residents, and have no existing dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, while a couple must have a combined income of $32,000 or less.

Dental services covered under the program will include preventive care and treatment services, such as fillings and extractions, check-ups, X-rays and cleanings, and will partially cover dental prosthetics and dentures. For a full list of coverage, please visit

How can seniors apply to the OSDCP?

Eligible seniors can apply to the OSDCP online at, or print a hard-copy form to be mailed. Printed application forms are also available at the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU).

Seniors will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to apply and must have filed their taxes for the previous year. If a senior does not have a SIN or has not filed their taxes in the previous year, they can apply with a guarantor using the Guarantor Form.

To help seniors enroll in the OSDCP, the HCHU will be holding drop-in application days at the following times and locations: Wingham’s Alice Munro Library, 281 Edward St., Wednesday, Dec. 18 from noon to 3 p.m.; Goderich Library, 52 Montreal St., Thursday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Clinton Library, 27 Albert St., Friday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anyone who plans to attend an application clinic are asked to bring their Ontario Health Card and SIN, and if applicable, their spouse’s SIN. Please note that if a couple qualifies they must both fill out a separate application and sign.

If an application is approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to the successful applicant within two to three weeks. The dental card must be presented at the time of an appointment to a dental office that offers the OSDCP.

For more information, visit or call the HCHU at 519 482-3416.

For specific questions about an application, please contact the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program toll-free at 1-833-207-4435 or toll-free TTY: 1-800-855-0511.

Minds in Motion returning to five locations this winter 

“Minds in Motion” is a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people with dementia and their care partners. The Alzheimers Society of Huron County (ASHC) will be offering this innovative eight-week program that combines brain health and social recreation this winter in five location across the county.

In addition to sessions in Wingham and Exeter people can register for sessions in Goderich at the McKay Centre for Seniors, (10 a.m. to noon) or the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton (1:30-3:30 p.m.) on Tuesdays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 25; or at the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (2:30-4:30 p.m.) from Feb. 6 to March 26.

This is a great opportunity to connect with others living with similar experiences. Weekly sessions include one hour of social and brain health components with the ASHC and a one hour fitness session with a certified fitness instructor.

To register or volunteer with Minds in Motion please contact the ASHC at 519 482-1482 or call 1-800-561-5012 or email


 the kingdom choir   

Huron Waves Music Festival presents direct from London, England, “The Kingdom Choir” who recently earned international acclaim for their performance of “Stand by Me” at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

Unknown-1The Kingdom Choir will be performing in Goderich and Exeter in May of 2020. Tickets are available now. (Submitted photo)

The Kingdom Choir will give two Canadian performances to inaugurate Huron County’s newest music festival on May 7-8, 2020.

They will perform in Goderich at the Trinity Christian Reformed Church on May 7 followed by a concert at Trivitt Memorial Church in Exeter on May 8. Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now from the Blyth Festival Box Office by calling 1-877-862-5984 or online at General seating is $65 per person while limited reserved seating, along with a pre-show reception, tickets are $95.

period poverty 

Women’s March Canada’s Huron Chapter is working to end Period Poverty during their Panty Drive which is now ongoing.

The group is asking area residents to donate underwear and women’s hygiene products. They are also asking people to think of green options when shopping. These purchases might include 100 per cent cotton Tampons and pads; diva cups or reusable maxis.

Donations may be dropped off in Goderich at Wuerth’s Shoes (also in Exeter) or Cait’s Café, both located on The Courthouse Square; or in Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters or the Bayfield Beauty Shop.


Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?

Visit the website, It is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.








Volume 11

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 rather distinguished gentleman whose image is recorded to have been taken around 1920. It is from the Lucy Woods-Diehl collection. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB10020 PC)

PB10020 PC Gentleman c1920  

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



PB12 2b Garry Wayne Mack 6 months undated 

In Issue 543, we feature another image from the Lucy Woods Diehl collection of Garry Wayne Mack at six months of age. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 2b)


PB12 3a Ed Elliott taught in Bayfield School 1908-10 donated by Alma Bassett July 3 76 

In Issue 544, we feature an image of Ed Elliott who taught at the Bayfield School 1908-10. It was donated to the Bayfield Archives collection by Alma Bassett on July 3, 1976. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 3a)



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huron centennial school     

there is nothing more tinsel thAn a holiday concert












On the afternoon and evening of Dec. 11 the younger students enrolled at Huron Centennial School, near Brucefield, put on a festive concert in celebration of the holiday season.

Parents, grandparents, siblings and fans filled the school's auditorium to watch the children dressed in their best seasonal attire or their craziest, coziest slippers, perform songs, dances, poems and really punny jokes.  












PIXILATED — image of the week

Natural Highlights...

Natural Highlights....By Vreni Beeler

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








Sammy was my mother-in-law’s cat. She died in January and as a result he came to live with us at the farm.


I remember his first Christmas as a member of the Pounder clan. This precocious orange tabby could barely contain himself when the artificial tree was dragged into the living room. He peered over the couch from the room adjacent. He was quite an entertaining sight doing his best Meerkat impression while his whole body trembled with pent up curiosity. Any ornaments placed on the tree, four feet or lower, were fair game for the rest of that holiday season.

Some seven years later Sammy remains merry and bright.

He enjoys hiding amid the presents under the tree and racing out with the speed and determination of Santa’s Reindeer lifting off. He takes an active part in gift wrapping sessions as our official box tester. And yesterday I caught him craning his neck to peer in the stand mixer to ensure quality control over the royal icing being whipped for the gingerbread.

All his little festive nuances bring both joy and light to our home. But perhaps what I appreciate the most are those times that he curls up on my lap while I watch a holiday movie, after all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by purring loud for all to hear*. – Melody

P.S. * With apologies to Buddy the Elf.

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

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