Bookmark and Share   Jan. 27, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 5 Issue 343



varna woman finalist for national mompreneurs award

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Melissa Vriesinga, of Funky Monkey Fabrics Inc., in Varna, has been named a finalist by her peers and the business community for the 2016 National Mompreneurs Awards. (Photos by Dianne Brandon)

2016-01-16 12.54.56-3Melissa Vriesinga opened her Varna based business in 2013.

Melissa Vriesinga, of Funky Monkey Fabrics Inc., in Varna, has been named a finalist by her peers and the business community for the 2016 National Mompreneurs Awards.

Funky Monkey Fabrics Inc. opened in 2013 to offer Canadians an alternative to cross-border shopping. It is an online as well as a brick and mortar fabric store specializing in fun and modern fabrics including cotton, flannel, “minky” and fleece. She also carries quilt batting, interfacing and a selection of notions.

Vriesinga is one of 20 finalists selected for the fourth installment of The Mompreneur Awards sponsored by Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. and Parents Canada Magazine. Every year this award gets bigger and recognition gets more renowned as the achievements and contributions of women and their businesses in Canada grow. This year two new awards were added to include women across all areas of business.

The task of determining who will win one of the four awards being presented at this year’s 2016 National Mompreneurs Conference will now be left up to an expert panel of judges. The winner will be chosen based on a select set of criteria for each award including track record of success; product innovation of business idea; growth potential and scalability; revenue; inspiration to others; and impact on the community.

“It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top Mompreneurs in Canada, I look forward to what the future holds for Funky Monkey Fabrics Inc!” said Vriesinga.

The 2016 Mompreneur Awards presented by TruShield Insurance will be handed out at The 2016 National Mompreneurs Conference taking place in Toronto during International Women’s Day Weekend, March 4-5th.

Community curators creatE exhibit at county museum 

Natalie Tarnawski
Bayfield resident, Natalie Tarnawski, is one of five Community Curators at the Huron County Museum. She selected this 1940s era Wurlitzer Juke Box as the item in the museum collection that most resonated with her to be featured in a new exhibit. (Photo by Ann Baggley for Huron County Museum)

“Community Curators” is the title given to a new exhibit at the Huron County Museum.

Five members of the community were asked to select one object from the collection to be placed on display at the museum. They were asked to choose an object they felt a connection with - a story to share perhaps? The choices were surprising to both museum staff and to the community curators themselves.

“We strongly believe that the museum should develop opportunities for the community to participate in creating exhibits. We want to make connections between the community and objects in the collection,” said Curator of Engagement and Dialogue, Will Kernohan.

This is a new initiative that the museum is experimenting with and hopes that when visitors see this exhibit they will say, “Hey, I want to do that”.

The Community Curators exhibit was unveiled at an informal reception at the Huron County Museum recently.

The Huron County Museum is located at 110 North Street, Goderich. Winter hours are currently in effect: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings) and Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m.

Competitive Soccer for boys now offered in Huron 


Competitive Soccer for boys aged nine to 15 years is now available in Huron County.

The Huron FC is looking for lads born between 2001-07 to join their U9 to U15 teams. Academy style training is offered twice a week with home games played in Huron County and away games played in London and surrounding areas.

Coaching and training is provided by the London Athletic Canadian FC (LACFC) under the direction of Edwin Saraccini, technical director of development for LACFC and the U9 London Youth Whitecaps FC Boys Program.

Their season runs from April to August offering 18 regular season games and 36 training sessions. The cost to join is $495.

For more information or to schedule a player assessment please contact Annie Sparling, Huron FC manager by calling 519 524-0609 or email her at

Super Family Day planned for Bayfield Arena 

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) partnered with the Bayfield Optimist Club to provide many hours of public skating during the Christmas holidays. BACPA representative, Kim Loebach, recently accepted a cheque from Joyce McIlwain, president of the Bayfield Optimist Club, to assist with the ice time payment. (Submitted photos)  

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) has partnered with the Bayfield Lions' Club to host Family Day events at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre on Feb. 15. Kim Loebach, of the BACPA, recently accepted a cheque form Tony Van Bakel, of the Bayfield Lions' Club to help with the fun day expenses.

Folks are sure to have a super Family Day if they head to the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 15.

Free Public Skating will be offered in the Bayfield Arena from 1-4 p.m. and those who attend are encouraged to dress as their favorite television character or superhero. There will be prizes for the best child’s costume and the best-dressed family.

Upstairs in the community centre, the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church will be providing cupcakes for decorating, plus crafts and games for the whole family to enjoy.

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) have partnered with the Bayfield Lions’ Club to present this event.



Treat your sweetheart to some warm, comfort food on Feb. 14th at the annual Bayfield Town Hall’s Soup’s On event. Local restaurants and community organizations will compete for the bragging rights of tastiest soup voted on by the people in attendance. This event will begin at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced shortly after 4 p.m. Anyone who would like to participate, or has questions, are invited to please contact Patricia Baker at 519 955-1456. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)



January is a great month to start a new activity or get reacquainted with an old favorite. For this reason folks are invited to lace up their skates and head to the Bayfield Arena.

Skating is offered free to the public on the afternoon of Jan. 31 from 1-3 p.m. due to the generosity of sponsor Mainstreet Credit Union
and The Docks Restaurant and Bar.

In addition to public skating on Sundays there is now more time available for youngsters who love to be out on the ice. Due to popular demand, ice time is now being offered on Mondays at 7 p.m. for kids’ pickup hockey. New players are always welcome.

Euchre Club

The Bayfield Euchre Club winter session of cards has begun and all are welcome to join in the evening held at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building on alternate Wednesdays.

The next evening of cards will be held tonight (Jan. 27) starting at 7 p.m. The cost to play cards is $2.

For more information contact Lee Weiss at 519 565-2765.

cabaret night 

“Bayfield at the Oscars” is the theme of the Bayfield Town Hall’s fifth annual cabaret to be held on Feb.12-13.

The movie theme should provide attendees with a great evening of fun and frolic. Seating is cabaret style and there will be a cash bar at this fundraiser. The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. Those who wish to attend are advised to get their tickets early, as the cabarets are always a sell out with only 90 seats available for each night.

Tickets are available now for $20 per person. Please contact Pat Lewington at 519 565-2202 or Margo Robeson at 519 565-2827, to reserve tickets early.

Coloring Club 

Adults have recently learned what children have known for years, coloring is both relaxing and fun! In keeping with this popular trend, the Bayfield Public Library is hosting an Adult Coloring Club on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Grown-ups are invited to attend and add a splash of color to their week. Folks can bring their own coloring supplies or choose from supplied coloring pages and available pencils!


Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has announced that it will once again honor a person, business, farm, or organization doing positive work in the local watershed community with the Conservationist of the Year Award.

The conservation authority invites you to nominate eligible persons, farms, businesses, groups, or organizations for this award. The event organizers are to accept nominations until Jan. 29. Ausable Bayfield Conservation has presented the award since 1984.

Past winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award include rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups, and municipalities. Each award winner is a business, organization, or person residing in the watershed or having done conservation work there.

“The list of past winners of this award is very impressive,” said Brian Horner, general manager and secretary-treasurer of ABCA. “There have also been many excellent nominees in addition to those people and groups who have been presented with the award.”

The success of work to protect water, soil, and living things is only possible because of the partnership with landowners, residents, community groups, businesses, and other partners, according to Horner.

“This is one of the ways we can say thank you for that vital work they do,” he said.

ABCA presents the award each year at the annual conservation awards evening in March. The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

The nomination form and award guidelines are available on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website at Simply type in ‘award’ in the search box at the top of the home page and then press ‘Search’ to find the page.

Current Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff and directors are not eligible for the award.

Anyone who would like information on this award is invited to call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

milk bag mats 

Students at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield are taking part in the Homeless Connect initiative weaving sleeping mats for the homeless in Toronto using milk bags. Donations of 100 per cent acrylic yarn would also be appreciated.

The group of 25 youths has to date made almost three-dozen mats but to keep the momentum going they need more clean, 4L milk bags. It takes 100 to 125 bags to make one mat and about three hours to complete one.

Currently there is a drop off location for these bags at the Nip N’ Tuck and the library in Bayfield and people are encouraged to save them from their recycling box and drop them off.

As the initiative grows the young people hope to make mats for homeless veterans and supply other agencies in cities like London with them as well.

Ukulele Society

The Bayfield Ukulele Society (BUS) welcomes people with an interest in learning to play to join them at their meetings held at the Bayfield Public Library.

They hold meetings on alternating Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. The meetings conclude at 11:30 a.m. And then every Monday afternoon there is an open practice from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The BUS is free for anyone to join who wants to learn in a fun "hands on" group way. No registration required just drop in. Folks do have to supply their own ukulele however.


Blessings Community Store is a thrift store as well as a food bank on Main Street in Zurich. People may have noticed that their donation box in Bayfield has moved from the old Foodland lot to the Nip N’ Tuck lot (just north of the building). Residents are encouraged to drop in the box clean, gently used clothing and household goods they no longer need or want. The sale of these items in the thrift store help to support the food bank as well as help others. Please call 519 236-4376 with questions.

Main Street Optometric

Dr. Rich Samuell at Main Street Optometric wants to let Bayfield residents know that full eye health examinations are available at his Bayfield office.

Examinations are fully covered by OHIP for children and teens, seniors, and those with diabetes. Main Street Optometric uses current technology including a "no-puff" eye pressure check, as well as digital retinal photography to monitor for eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Please call 519 565-2300 to schedule an appointment.






Volume 7

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, a cocker spaniel appears to be stealing the show in this picture from the Bayfield Archive’s Collection of Lucy Woods Diehl. (Archives Code: PB13 07a) 

PB13 07a Remember Me 345 

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



PB13 15b Remember Me 341 

In Issue 341, a picture from the Bayfield Archive’s collection of Lucy Woods Diehl shows her as a young woman (at left) with two other people. Does anyone recognize them? Records indicate they are Lucy’s mother, Ena, and Bill Metcalf. (Archives Code: PB13 15b)

ISSUE 342 

PB13 04a Remember Me 342 

In Issue 342, a group of fashionable ladies from the photo collection of Lucy Woods Diehl are featured. Does anyone remember them? The only notes with this are "E. Osmond, Hewson and Woods". (Archives Code: PB13 04a)


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Bayfield River valley trail association

taylor trail popular choice for winter walk

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The Van Altenas and the Whetstones were just two family groups that took part in the Winter Walk hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on Jan. 16.

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Paul Spittal, of Bayfield, brought a canine friend along for the walk.

 BRVTA Winter Hike 2016-1020979.jpg Gayle Detenbeck and Margo Robeson ventured along the Taylor Trail during the annual Winter Walk.


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A group of hikers paused for a moment at the Taylor Trail entrance to take a picture. Roger Lewington snapped this one allowing intrepid photographer Gary Lloyd-Rees (ground centre) a chance to be in an image for a change.


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hosted their annual Winter Walk on Jan. 16 along the Varna Nature Trails at the Stanley Complex in Varna.

Board member Elise Feltrin welcomed hikers, signed up new trail members and renewed memberships for 2016.

Twenty people hiked along the Mavis’ Trail, while 30 people enjoyed the shorter more easily accessed Taylor Trail. Conditions were a bit icy following some rain and overnight freezing.

The Taylor Trail is a level 2 moderate trail, about 1.2 km long and has been set up as a mobility trail with asphalt crumble surface. This is a great trail for multi-generational outings as the surface is more even and can accommodate strollers and wheelchairs when there is no snow on the ground. It also makes a great cross country ski or snowshoe trail when there is snow.

The Mavis’ Trail is a level 3 trail as there are some steeper inclines and rougher surface conditions.This trail is about 3 km long. Both trails are accessible year round.

Hike leaders on hand were Pam and Chris Bowers, Roger Lewington and Adriaan Schreuder. The BRVTA also took a moment to recognize the contributions to the trail over the years by Jane Davidson McKee. She has been an avid hiker and hike leader over the years. She has been an inspiration to many BRVTA and Maitland Trail members.

Snowshoes were provided by Tyler Hessel, owner of Outside Projects in Bayfield, to test the trails. Modern snowshoes are great for winter hiking as they are light weight and give great footing and stability when walking.

Starting at noon at the Stanley Complex a hot dog lunch was served along with hot apple cider. Chef Garnet McBride and board member Margaret McBride made sure plenty of fried onions were available.

Hope Brock, of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), was on hand to share information about the Bayfield Watershed Plan and other Conservation Authority projects in the area. There were additional displays set up by the BRVTA and the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy.

The BRVTA is a volunteer run, not for profit hiking organization, and a member of Hike Ontario. Guided hikes are offered twice monthly by certified hike leaders. For further information on the trails or upcoming hikes go to

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Hike leader Pam Bowers led about 30 people along the Taylor Trail on Jan. 16

BRVTA Winter Hike 2016-1020986.jpg  Jane Davidson McKee was recognized for her many years of hike leadership with both the Maitland Trail Association and the BRVTA. At 80 years young she has decided to give up taking the lead and is now happy to just follow along.





PIXILATED — image of the week

Moon Set Pioneer Park

Moon Set Pioneer Park by Jane Seifried

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


So we enjoyed a weekend away with friends recently and drove to the sunny south also known as Windsor. It was my second time to enjoy entertainment at the Coliseum in Caesar’s Casino but it was a first for my companions. I loved the venue the first time I visited and was really looking forward to seeing the “Dancing with the Stars Live Tour” performance on the stage there. The space holds 5,000 people and I don’t think there could be a bad seat.

It was so much fun to watch the professional dancers weave their magic across the stage captivating the audience with their talent. The set was a simple series of stacked black boxes transformed into whatever they needed to advance the stories with light and the projection of images on the boxes.

A highlight of the show came when they invited three members of the audience to come up and dance with the professionals. In under-five minutes these people were asked to pick a dance style and a song and then strut their stuff. All did really well and when one young lad of about 20 years dressed in a white t-shirt, baggy pants and a toque was asked what he thought about dancing with his scantily dressed pro he said in a low voice, somewhat reminiscent of the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” era, “I loved it”.

The other highlight was listening to the live show’s only “celebrity” from the 2015 fall season of the TV program. Alex Skarlatos, shared tidbits about his life since that day last August when he and his buddies thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris train. And the boy can dance too!

Following the show we enjoyed some live music, a nice dinner and a few pulls of the slot handles but nothing greater than the 10-cent machines. They have penny, two cent and nickel machines there so you can have a little fun without necessarily breaking the bank.

Perhaps the only aggravating thing about our winter escape was the fire alarm that went off about 2 a.m. that thankfully turned out to be a false one. It made it difficult to fall to sleep again but as we were on the tenth of 22 floors I was grateful to know there was a seemingly good plan in place.

The next day we went to the number one breakfast place in Windsor for our morning repast. If you ever get a chance, check out The Squirrel Cage in downtown Windsor. It is an inconspicuous little place hidden down a side alley. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his/her meal choices. I tried the Eggs Charlotte – a Benny with smoked salmon instead of peameal bacon. It included generous fried potatoes and fresh greens with a Balsamic vinaigrette as well as fruit for garnish. Not a coffee person, I paired my meal with freshly squeezed orange juice. The resulting dining experience was pure ambrosia.

And that folks is how I spent my winter break. – Melody


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