Bookmark and Share   Dec. 27, 2017   Vol. 9 Week 52.5 Issue 443

ag Society looks to maintain green space in building project

Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted to the Bayfield Breeze and dated Dec. 11, by the “Barn Raising” Committee for the Bayfield Agricultural Society and is published here in its entirety to inform the public of the organization’s plans to construct a new building on the agricultural grounds as well as an exemption they are requesting from the Council of the Municipality of Bluewater regarding its construction.


Notice for the Residents of Bayfield:

This to inform you that the Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) has applied to the Municipality of Bluewater for an exemption to the general provisions outlined for Community Facility Zoning, specially dealing with parking requirements, an on-site loading space, and driveway.

The BAS is proposing to build a new 30’ x 50’ structure just inside the main gate at Fry and Jane Streets, to the northeast of the east soccer field. The structure will sit on lot 457 of the Agricultural Park, and be used for storage and the popular animal display. This building will replace the existing building, which sits on Municipal property that was transferred in the1980s when the current arena was expanded.

The intention is to maintain as much green space as possible, as well as giving the trees along Fry Street canopy and root space. If the parking, laneway and loading provisions are applied to this lot and project we believe this will be detrimental to those objectives.

There would have to be a laneway access off of Fry Street, a loading area, and three parking spaces on a level firm surface such as concrete or pavement measuring 35’ x 18’. To meet these provisions it would require tree removal and a diminished green space.

Description of Project

The new facility will consist of three sections. The largest area is 30' x 30' will store all the equipment utilized for the agricultural education component at the annual fair. During the fair the space will be used to showcase and educate the public about small animals. This provides the public with a first hand encounter with farm animals; it also provides the opportunity to educate those attending about the value of all animals to the farm sector. Following the fair this same section will house the equipment such as tables that are used to display all the exhibits in the arena. These tables will be made available throughout the year to be used by community members for events within the arena.

The second portion is 15' x 20' and will be used to centralize all the paper and small materials used by the Agricultural Society throughout the year. Currently these items are scattered throughout many homes of society members and creates many inefficiencies. During the extent of the fair period this space will be transformed into a Secure Space, utilized only by the Fair Administrator and Treasurer of the organization.

The third portion is also 15' x 20' and will be a covered open space. This will be a shaded area for people to be protected as they are waiting for their acquaintances to either arrive or depart the grounds. It will also provide a visible location for our Emergency Plan to be implemented to ensure the fair-goers can easily locate the area and major issues are mitigated quickly.

The building will be a positive image for the grounds and become essential for the activity of the Agricultural Society in the future.

Should you have questions or comments, please contact the Bayfield Agricultural Society, by mail: PO Box 236, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 or e-mail:


IMG_0541 “A Christmas Carol” the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly and transformative Christmas Eve encounters, was presented as a fundraiser for the Huron Residential Hospice in the form of a dramatic reading interspersed with seasonal music on Dec. 16-17 at St. Andrew’s United Church. Both performances played to about 50 people raising a total of $1,370. The choir comprised of members of St. Andrew’s as well as The Glee Sisters set the mood with some classic Victorian carols. The audiences enjoyed listening to the story as it unfolded in a five part dramatic reading. Performances on harp and flute were also a production highlight. (Submitted photo)





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 Lucan Leprechauns tonight (Dec. 27) 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.

Public skating is offered on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 1-3 p.m. and Copenhagens of Bayfield will be sponsoring the ice time on this date.

public skating

Familes looking for a fun winter activity over the Christmas Break should consider taking a spin around the ice at the Bayfield Arena. 

The doors will be open on Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 from 1-3 p.m.; Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon; Jan. 3, and Jan. 4, noon to 2 p.m.; and Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

Dine for Hospice 

Beat the winter blues and lift your spirits by getting together with your friends and neighbors for a special three-course gourmet dinner at Renegades Diner, in support of the new Huron Residential Hospice.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 31st, Wayne McDougall and Paula Foley, the owners of Renegades, will open their restaurant especially for these fundraising events.

Book a table for this celebration with members of your book club, hiking group, bridge club, or just good friends and neighbors and shake off those seasonal blahs.

Dinner will be served between 5 and 8 p.m. on either day and you can make reservations with Renegades for a seating time. The menu will consist of either a salad or soup, chicken cordon bleu (Jan. 23) or a French cut pork chop for the (Jan. 31), followed by a choice of delicious dessert. A vegetarian option will also be available.

Buy your tickets at Renegades Diner between Jan. 12 and 21. The price per person is $50 in advance or $55 at the door, either cash or cheque payable to Huron Residential Hospice. As an extra bonus, each ticket holder will receive a gift certificate from Renegades as well.

Enjoy some good company, great food and help support the creation of a much- needed Hospice.


Dianne Brandon, Carrie and Ava Sabourin would like to remind everyone preparing for holiday gatherings that their tradition of collecting empties for Alzheimer's Disease is continuing this year.

The trio will be participating in the Huron County 2018 Walk for Memories in May of 2018 and are now collecting donations for the cause.

It is, of course, hoped that everyone will celebrate responsibly this festive season and when doing so plan to donate the empty beer bottles and cans; wine and liquor bottles to their team, “For the Love of Elane and Doris”. 

Empties may be dropped off at Brandon's Hardware in Bayfield, or picked up anytime, just call Brandon’s Hardware at 519 525-8884. Empties may also be dropped off at Bayfield Convenience in their names.




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On Thursday, December 14th, employees from Gateway Casinos Clinton attended the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) to present the CPH Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $500. Gateway supports its communities by financially donating to local organizations, as well as investing in communities through volunteering and in-kind goods and services. The CPH Foundation is very grateful to Gateway Casinos Clinton for their generous donation. At the cheque presentation were (l-r): Mike Fleming, Interim manager, CPH; Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation coordinator; Julie Jeffray, Leanne Datema and Dave Jewitt, Gateway Casino employees. (Submitted photo)  

grand bend location for latest mind in motion program

With increasing evidence linking a socially involved, physically active and mentally challenging lifestyle to helping reduce the risk of developing dementia, or slowing the progression of the disease, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County, in partnership with Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC), is delighted to offer Minds in Motion to the Grand Bend area. The program incorporates physical and mentally stimulating activities for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners. The program begins on Thursday, Jan. 25 and will be held for eight consecutive weeks from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the GBACHC.

Minds in Motion is a two hour per week fun and family-friendly program which offers the opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living the same experiences. Because keeping mind and body fit has been proven to contribute to improved brain health for everyone, the program consists of two main components: a 45 to 60 minute fitness session and a 45 to 60 minute session of mentally stimulating activities, both facilitated by a Minds in Motion coordinator from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County.

Regular physical activity for people with dementia leads to a significant reduction in depression, an increased sense of independence and an improvement in quality of life. Minds in Motion helps care partners to focus on their own health as well, rather than focusing exclusively on the needs of the person they are caring for.

Minds in Motion was first introduced to Huron County in January 2015 as a pilot program and has now been continued on an interim basis with support from the Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Government. Minds in Motion is currently rotates at six sites throughout Huron County: Goderich, Clinton, Grand Bend, Exeter, Bayfield/Zurich and Wingham.

To register for the current Minds in Motion program in Grand Bend, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or email: There is a cost of $20 per person for the eight week session.


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 Dec. 18.

• Endorsed the proposed amendments to the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Plans, pursuant to Section 34(3) of the Clean Water Act, 2006.

• Approved that application be made for installation of up to three high speed Electric Vehicle Charging stations within Bluewater.

• Approved a By-law to Adopt a Bayfield Main Beach Cleaning Policy.

• Directed staff to submit applications to Environmental Defence, the Canadian Operator of the International Blue Flag Program, for a 2018 Blue Flag award at Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina in Bayfield.

• Adopted By-law Number 127-2017, being a By-law to adopt a Municipal Alcohol Policy

• Adopted By-law Number 128-2017, being a By-law to adopt a Service Club Facility Discount Policy


One of the most anticipated events of the New Year is the annual Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Assocation (BRVTA). This year the walk held on the Varna Nature Trails is set for Jan. 13.

The Winter Walk that starts at 11 a.m. provides occasion to breathe fresh air, explore a local trail, meet community members and get moving into 2018. The Winter Walk is hosted at the Varna Complex 1 KM West of Varna. Guided hikes are led between 11 a.m. and noon along the Mavis Trail or Taylor Trail.

Following the hikes, everyone is invited to warm up indoors with cider and hotdogs. This is also a great opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership! Everyone welcome.


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.






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, these three lads look like they are ready to suitably ring in the New Year. Records identify them to be “Roy – McLeod - Fraser” in this undated image. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 13a)  

PB12 13a 3 Remember Me 443 

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



PB12 14a Remember Me 442 

In Issue 441, Christmas cards including family photos have been a tradition for as long as cameras have been around. This one says, "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Kneeshaws". Anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10095 PC)


PB10095 PC Remember Me 441 

In Issue 442, Benjamin and Jenny Spencer are featured in this undated photograph. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 14a)  



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32117364471_384f2ed412_kJan. 11 - Issue 393 - ESSEX HAS LEFT THE VILLAGE: Tom and Deb Grasby (seated centre) posed for a picture with their Foster Puppy, Essex, and members and friends of the Bayfield Lions’ Club at the Grasby home in Bayfield during a farewell party for the canine who has now moved to Oakville for the next stage of his training to become a Service Dog. (Submitted photo)

32112987780_d5b45cbb70_kJan. 25 - Issue 395 - MITCHELL TYKES TAKE TOURNEY TITLE: The good ole’ hockey game was alive and well in the village on the weekend of Jan. 20-21 when the third annual Bayfield Arena Community Partners Tyke Tournament was held at the Bayfield Arena. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

32519334116_0ff9f36ff8_bFeb. 1 - Issue 396 - CLEANING UP THE FLATS: On the afternoon of Jan. 26th, 11 volunteers with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) took advantage of the relatively warm and snow free weather and picked up 14 bags of trash from the Bayfield River Flats Natural Area. (Photos by Adriann Shreuder)  

32073265773_34582c49b6_hFeb. 15 - Issue 398 - ESSEX OFFERS UPDATE ON HIS CAREER IN HIS OWN WORDS: Essex, who won the hearts of a whole community in his bid to become a Dog Guide was evaluated for the job in Oakville in January but his eyesight wasn't up to par for the position. Not to worry though he's pretty happy in his new role as family pet. (Submitted photo)  

32865936922_6f8d8f3e3d_kFeb. 22 - Issue 399 - THREE HUNDRED BALLOTS CAST AT SOUP'S ON: This year Chef Michael Potters from the Little Inn of Bayfield was given the tasty task of choosing the winning soup in the Chef’s Choice category. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder )

32981235210_6eeb4eba5b_kMarch 15 - Issue 402 - "DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN" MARCH HELD IN BAYFIELD: Heather and Paul Ross made statements of their own as they walked together. (Photo by John Pounder)  

32689564594_e7d5f1bb3d_kMarch 22 - Issue 403 - SPRING IS IN BLOOM AT HURON RIDGE ACRES: Spring is a time for new life as this sweet image suggests. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

33537336071_4ba433396e_kMarch 29 -Issue 404 - NO REFS, NO SCOREKEEPERS - JUST GOOD, CLEAN FUN!: On the afternoon of March 19 the men and women who enjoy playing the sport locally through the winter months got together for a fun co-ed game to celebrate the end of the season. The ice was removed later that week. (Photo by John Pounder)  

33148830473_0dc1e61ec8_kApr. 12 - Issue 406 - SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: Members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club and Municipality of Bluewater staff delivered 15 new picnic tables for Clan Gregor Square last week From l-r: Blair Langley, Bill Rowat, Bud Langley, John Davies, Don Vance, Ron Renning and Rusty Brandon. Prior to delivery members of the Lions’ Club gathered at Bud Langley's home on Dow Street to assemble the tables before they were moved to the park. The Lions’ donated the new tables as part of their Canada 150 project to spruce up the Square. (Photo by Tony Van Bakel)  

34081409885_9645901a22_k-2Apr. 19 - Issue 407 - SCENARIO FOR A HAPPY DAY: Another record-breaking crowd descended on Clan Gregor Square on Apr. 16 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt organized by the Bayfield Optimist Club. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

34211707166_083bc80329_kApr. 26 - Issue 408 - GIRLS GET A TASTE OF KAYAKING: Bayfield Guiding member, Pathfinder Ashley Whelan glides around the Vanastra Pool with ease. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


Well, it is that time of year again - a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the last 12 months and anticipate the blank parchment that is yet to be written upon.

This week we look back on the Bayfield that was from Jan. 11 to Apr. 26, 2017.

We would like to extend a thank you to all who take the time to write in and share their comments about our weekly online publication. A few of them can be found mixed in with this year in review.

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to our intrepid team of volunteer photographers who cover events that we can’t always get to ourselves. Your talents are very much appreciated by not only our committee but our readers also. A few of their great shots are mingled in with this retrospective be sure and check out the photo credits! 

And a reminder that we can also be found at Like us and we will be sure to reach 550 followers in no time at all!

The Bayfield Breeze is now in its eighth year of publicatoin and in the fall we marked a really big milestone. We published Issue 433 on Oct. 18 and during the week following the issue had nearly 5,000 views between subscribers and Facebook visitors. An achievement that  all of us that work to bring the Bayfield Breeze to you each week are extremely proud of. 

Thank you and Happy New Year from our committee - Dennis, Mike, John and myself! 

31515220804_8da1c15bec_kJan. 18 - Issue 394 - FIFTY FOLKS TAKE TO THE TRAILS: Scott and Margo Robeson and their dog, Saddie, were among a handful of participants who chose the Taylor Trail to hike along on Saturday. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


We are so fortunate to have this in our village. I know it is a lot of work and I just want you to know how much it is appreciated! Merry Christmas and the very best to you and your family in 2018. - A.T., Bayfield 

33091649946_9dfd2a0b75_kMarch 1 - Issue 400 - LOVE ALWAYS FOR THE ANNUAL CABARET: Anyone who secured tickets to the Bayfield Town Hall’s sixth annual Cabaret Nights were treated to an evening of romance as well as the usual good humor as the theme was “Toujours L’Amour”. This year along with the delightful “karaoke on steroids” treatment of songs by local thespians the audience got to enjoy some hidden talent as well, as many of the performers really raised their voices in song at the two evening performances held Feb. 24 and 25.In this image Paul Hill performing “Beth” by KISS. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


Thanks for doing such a great job on keeping the villagers up to date with what's going on! - C.T.H, Bayfield

32480822083_77d5f5d84c_kMarch 8 - Issue 401 - CARNIVAL SHOWCASES NEW SKILLS LEARNED: Sierra Whetstone, senior skater, is shown at the opening of her solo number. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


I truly enjoy the Bayfield Breeze ... a super enjoyable local paper with many interesting stories and photos. - C.S., Bayfield 

32981231684_b6ac149c43_kApr. 5 - Issue 405 - SINGING AND STRUMMING WITH MEMBERS OF THE BAYFIELD UKULELE SOCIETY: Members of the Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) performed a few songs for the girls in Bayfield Guiding to sing-a-long with before they broke out into smaller groups to give the girls a playing lesson. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  


I subscribed to the Bayfield Breeze to learn more about your community. Your town is high on our list for a possible location for us in Canada. I really enjoy reading your thorough coverage of all things Bayfield. It’s clearly an engaging and conscientious community and I look forward to visiting before year end. I just wanted to tell you how important your publication is and what a good job you are doing for your community. - P.K., USA




PIXILATED — image of the week


St Nick Rides Again...By Elise Feltrin

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


We were fortunate to have our immediate family all together in the days leading up to Dec. 25. This is especially enjoyable for me as I am able to do a few fun and festive activities with the grandkids to help time go faster for them as they countdown to Christmas.

We decorated Christmas oraments and gingerbread houses and we watercolored on sugar cookies using food coloring. We took to the hills on our farm and did some epic toboganning runs. We concocted snow indoors. We made bird feeders from natural materials and adorned a little pine tree as a gift for our feathered friends. And my three year-old grandaughter and I had a marathon two-hour Play Doh session concluded only because we needed the table to serve dinner from.

It was M-A-G-I-C especially on Christmas Eve when my grandson was quickly tucked into bed after learning that the NORAD Santa Tracker had spotted Santa’s Sleigh over Alert. He had finally arrived in Canada. I will never forget the look on his face when I told him that as a little girl snug in my bed in a room just across the hall from where he was to sleep I was absolutely convinced that I heard Santa moving around in my room but I was too afraid to open my eyes to look for fear he caught me awake. His eyes danced with delight and sheer awe at the very thought! And that folks is the best part of this holiday season - making magical memories for both old and young! – Gramel


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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