Bookmark and Share   Feb. 9, 2011    Vol. 2 Week 7 Issue 84



Dennis Thompson was kept busy on the afternoon of Feb. 7 moving snow from the Main Beach parking area down the coastline. A snow road has been built along the coastline to make this task easier. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)




One of Canada’s true war heroes also left an indelible mark on the Village of Bayfield and the Bayfield Historical Society has the good fortune of having his son share stories and recollections of this man at the next society meeting to be held on Feb. 28.

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Brigadier Dr. Morgan Smith will be the topic of discussion at the Bayfield Historical Society's next meeting to be held on Feb. 28. His son Gerry will share stories and recollections of this remarkable man. (Submitted photo)

Gerry Smith, who has retired to Bayfield, will speak about his father, Brigadier Dr. Morgan Smith. The Brigadier also chose this village as his place of residence when he retired in 1964.

When Brig. Dr. Smith and his wife, Edith, arrived in Bayfield they moved into the 'Metcalf House' beside Pioneer Park. He would later become one of the community leaders who helped change this village forever.

Here are just a few of his achievements as a village resident:

  • He ran for Parliament.
  • Warden of Trinity Anglican Church
  • Chair of the Bayfield Centennial Committee
  • He was responsible for recruiting some ex-military doctors to come live and practice here, including Dr. Wallace.
  • President of the Pioneer Park Association
  • President of the Huron County Cancer Society
  • First President of the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club
  • Member of the Village Committee of Adjustment
  • Bayfield Historical Society member
  • Bayfield Garden Club member

His long list of military and medical achievements before he settled in Bayfield earned him the Order of the British Empire. He studied with Dr. Charles Best, one of the discoverers of i nsulin, while obtaining his M.A. at the University of Toronto. He survived the ill-fated Dieppe raid and landed at Normandy. He was the head of allied medical care during the Korean War. After his illustrious military career, he became the Chief Medical Officer for Western Canada.

This is only a partial description of this man's incredible career and the legacy he left in Bayfield. To learn more plan to attend the historical society meeting on Feb. 28. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Take your sweetheart for a snowshoe walk this Sunday

Following the success of the snowshoe walk hosted by the members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) held on Jan. 30, the romantics at the heart of the organization are planning another snowshoe walk on the Varna Nature Trails just in time for Valentine’s Day. The BRVTA’s Trail Development Crew will host this walk on Feb. 13 starting at 1:30 p.m.

And why should you take your sweetheart out on the trails? Well, perhaps this poem, entitled, “Try a New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day”, penned by an anonymous talent will best explain.

A walk in the forest is much better than a visit to a florist
Flowers will fade and soon look decayed
Chocolate on your lips travels to your hips
Try a new angle by sharing an amatory amble
On Sunday the 13th transfuse your relationship on some snowshoes
Join those romantic males who work on our trails
They snowshoe a lot that’s why they’re so hot
Varna Nature Trails at 1:30 PM

The Trail Development Crew would also like to remind people that they can support the trails financially by joining the BRVTA. Yearly memberships are $20 per individual and $25 per family. These memberships will be available at the event. Or cheques for memberships can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and mailed to P.O. Box 531 Bayfield, ON. N0M 1G0. Memberships are also available from Outdoor Projects.

birds and backyard wildlife topic of final take time

Tom Dunbar, will speak on “Birds and Wildlife in your Backyard” at the final edition of Take Time 2011 on Feb. 14. The Church on the Way will host this lecture to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall. (Submitted photo)

Snow and cold are four-letter words to a lot of people but the congregations of the village’s four local churches have joined together to ward off the negativity that winter can bring by offering a series of stimulating programs plus some fun social interaction.

The third year of the “Take Time in 2011” programs will conclude on Feb. 14. The session will run from 1:30-3 p.m.

Even if people didn’t preregister they can still attend. They can register at the door or call the church coordinator of the session. The cost to attend is $2.

Want to attend but don’t have the transportation needed to get to the location of the presentation? Rides can be provided, just call the session coordinator.

The location for the final session in the series has been changed to the Bayfield Town Hall and will be hosted by The Church on the Way. Participants will learn about “Birds and Wildlife in your Backyard” with Tom Dunbar. Anne Laviolette is the coordinator of this session and she can be reached by calling 519 565-2454.

Dunbar, a retired Wildlife Biologist, syndicated columnist and published writer will be the guest speaker.

“He will talk about how our very complex environment impacts each of us -
humans, other mammals, and birds; and ways that we can respond positively” said Laviolette. “Come out and learn how our neighborhood and community can benefit from Tom's many years experience in these fields.”

soups on competitors get creative for people's votes

“Soups On, Bayfield” is guaranteed to provide participants with some comfort food on a cold winter’s day. Set for Feb. 20, this fundraising event for The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will allow participants to sample favorite soups prepared by local restaurants, church and community groups.

Community groups are getting creative with their ideas and from the sounds of their entries all are keen to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. What creation sounds like a winner to your taste buds?

Here are a few selections:

  • “Zuppa di Fagioli di Montalcino", translated it means Montalcino-Style Bean Soup, entered by The Bayfield Historical Society.
  • “Roasted Tomato Soup”, entered by the Bayfield Lions’ Club and chosen because it’s the recipe that Barry Detenbeck likes to make.
  • “A Pinch And Dash Of Huron”, from St. Andrew’s United Church, and named thus because all of the ingredients will be from Huron County.
  • “Caldo Gallego”, from The Bayfield Trail Association, translated it means Spanish Trail Soup and comes from the "El Camino" Trail in Spain.
  • "Lucy's Hearty Pea Soup", entered by the Pioneer Park Association, in honor of one of the park’s founders, Lucy Woods Diehl.
  • “Hell's Kitchen Salmon Chowder”, from The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society.

The tasting, to coincide with the Family Day long weekend, will be held from 2-4 p.m. (please note time change) at the Bayfield Town Hall. Tickets for this event will be available at the door; participants can sample four soups for $5. Those who attend can vote for their favorite soup as part of the People’s Choice Award, in addition, the soups will be judged by Bayfield Chef Richard Fitoussi.

There are more ways to cure cabin fever on this day. Free Public Skating will be offered at the Bayfield Arena from 1-3 p.m. and is available anytime at the outdoor rink in Clan Gregor Square. Also from 1-3 p.m. out at the Sawmill Trail people can try their hand at snowshoeing. Snowshoes can be rented from Outside Projects at the trailhead off Old River Road and Sawmill Road for $5 per pair. All are encouraged to try out this great Canadian sport on one of Bayfield's terrific scenic trails and celebrate Family Day in the process.


film society

The Bayfield Film Society is taking a break for the month of February but will be starting a brand new film series on March 10 with the film, "Get Low".

This film will be followed by the documentary "Force of Nature", April 14; and movies, "The Trotsky", May 12; and “Incendies”, June 16.

For just $35 you can purchase a series of tickets for all four films. Series tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Jane Rowat 519 565-5838 or Lynne Gillians 519 565-5884.

The Bayfield Film Society wants to continue to bring the latest and greatest films to Bayfield, and with your series purchase this goal can be achieved. The films are shown at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

anglican church

Looking out the window at all the snow on the ground doesn’t exactly conjure up images of the Bayfield Antique Show and Sale hosted each August by the congregation of Trinity Anglican Church. However, the event coordinators are hoping to get people thinking about it and maybe even considering volunteering at the event to be held Aug. 5-7 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

The Antique Show and Sale now in its 26th season is a wonderful boon to the village and help from both residents and summer folk is needed to make it a continued success. There are a variety of tasks to choose from when volunteering, helping with set up, serving in the tearoom, security and front door admission sales are but a few examples.

To learn more about this great community event please call Joan Cluff at 519 565-2974 or email her at

Vendors that specialize in antiques are also currently being sought for the August show and sale. Anyone with an interest can use the above contact information to find out more.

Bayfield Archives

The Bayfield Historical Society is planning to keep the Bayfield Archives Room open at least five afternoons per week this coming summer by enlisting volunteers.

In previous summers, the Archives Room has only been open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The expanded hours will accommodate the increasing interest by both residents and visitors in the displays, programs and publications at the Archives. The historic building itself has become a central tourist attraction during the summer months.

To carry out this expanded summer service, the Historical Society will create a roster of volunteers to staff the Archives from early June to Labour Day. Volunteers would be expected to do the following: respond to questions from drop-ins, sell publications, plus complete some modest archival activities.

Interested individuals, who can commit to one afternoon per week for the summer, are asked to contact Bill Rowat at 519 565-5838 or


Do you know a person or organization that is improving the natural health of Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites you to nominate them as Conservationist of the Year.

The ABCA has presented this award to a deserving recipient every year for more than 25 years. The award recognizes people or organizations from your watershed community who have demonstrated outstanding conservation achievements. Their positive actions might be improving forest conditions, bettering local water quality and quantity, supporting environmental education, implementing best management practices, restoring wetlands, or protecting fish and wildlife habitat.

Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 17. Information and nomination forms are available at the ABCA online at or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

The Conservationist of the Year will be named at an annual early-evening awards ceremony hosted by the ABCA Board of Directors on March 17 at Ironwood Golf Club on Morrison Line, just east of Exeter.

Landowners and organizations help keep your natural environment healthy. Now you can honor that individual, business, family or organization by nominating them as the Conservationist of the Year. Last year’s Conservationist of the Year winners were Patricia Down (posthumously) and Robert Down.

To be eligible for the award, recipients must be located within the jurisdiction of the ABCA. Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible.


Village residents may be surprised to learn that they don't have to drive to a larger centre for heart healthy care.

Blood pressure measurement and monitoring sessions are being held right here in Bayfield as part of the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP).

The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring.

Trained volunteers will help participants measure their blood pressure and complete a heart and stroke risk profile. A copy of these results will be given to the participant and, with their permission, sent to their family physician and regular pharmacist.

The sessions are run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the third Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy.

To learn more please call local CHAP Coordinator, Kelly Webster, at 519-236-4373 ex 632

Fitness fun

Folks can keep the winter doldrums at bay by staying active, opportunities abound to do just that here in the village.

Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes have now started in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.

The classes will be held on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre. The class is currently on a two week break. The second session of Zumba classes will move to Thursday evenings starting Feb. 24. Cost per class is $10. Licensed Zumba instructors, Alison De Groot and Lorraine Dietz, will teach the class. For more information email De Groot at

The following activities are scheduled to run from now until Apr. 21.

Indoor Walking sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 p.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided for those who require them.

Dancefit and Toning classes continue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The Sit and Get Fit Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays at 10 a.m., April Hulley will teach a Stretching Class, participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. These three classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.

A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

Badminton is also being played at Huron Centennial School in Brucefield starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

photo contest

People across the province are being encouraged to show off their talents as well as their favorite conservation area by getting out and taking pictures for the 2011 Ontario Conservation Areas Photo Contest (OCAPC).

Ideas are limited only to the fact that your image must be taken within an Ontario conservation area – so ideas abound amongst the flora and fauna.

The OCAPC is looking for your best photograph in three categories: People of all ages enjoying conservation areas; my favorite conservation area; or wildlife is everywhere in conservation areas

Judges will be looking for outstanding images that showcase the best of what Ontario’s conservation areas have to offer.

The OCAPC runs from now until October 31, 2011 and offers prize packages totaling more than $1,500.

For more information on the prizes, rules, regulations and how to submit photographs, go to

bridge club

The Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will meet next on Feb. 16 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. The decks will be shuffled at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.



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

This week we feature an image taken when the fishing boats got into trouble in ice in March of 1955. These two men came down to the shore to watch all the excitement. Anyone remember them?

Remember Me

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Remember Me 82

In Issue 82, we featured an image taken in 1900 at a place called White City. Today it is known as Jowett’s Grove. The people in the photo are members of the Jackson and Van Egmond families.


Remember Me 83

In Issue 83, it was Dorothy Hovey and Alf Scotchmer who shared a laugh during a Bayfield Lion’s Club meeting held in 1968. A number of people guessed but Cal Scotchmer and Elaine Dinel were the two people who correctly confirmed their identities.

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frozen in february 2011

landscape of lake resembles lunar surface

A familiar site indicative of Bayfield, the wreck of the Linda Hindman entombed in yet another winter's ice pack. The barge was scuttled along the south shoreline in 1973 in an attempt to stop erosion.

The piers at the mouth of the harbor demonstrate that this winter has been a memorable one for snow accumulation.

A wintery postcard from Bayfield.

Taken from the second landing on the Pioneer Park steps, a break in the pack ice fairly close to shore is still evident.


Lake-effect snow is produced when cold winds move across long expanses of warmer lake water, providing energy and picking up water vapor that freezes and is deposited on the leeward shores.

Bayfield has seen a great deal of lake-effect snow this winter and the result is a village landscape blanketed in the white stuff. Nowhere is this more evident than along the southern beaches and down by the harbor.

The lake with waves suspended by snow and ice resembles the surface of the moon. All is still and quiet.

So for our subscribers who have headed to warmer climates, closed up the cottage until spring or would just prefer to stay indoors and curl up with a good book, here are a few snapshots of how the village looked on the afternoon of Feb. 7.

Late afternoon on Feb. 7 the sun breaks through gently lighting the frozen landscape. The lake with waves suspended by snow and ice resembles the surface of the moon.


According to the calendar, there are only 39 days remaining until Spring arrives. The Purple Martins that call the birdhouses at the Main Beach home will surely be packing their bags to head for their summer retreat soon after.


It will be some time yet before summer visitors delight in making the trek down the stairs from Pioneer Park to catch some rays on the beach.

PIXILATED — image of the week

Antarctica? No, Bayfield........... (-20°C) by Gary Lloyd-Rees

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 this past New Year’s Eve I resolved to get outside more often this winter. It was a round about way of resolving to exercise more but a resolution that I am having a better time committing to than riding the recumbent bike on a regular basis.

Thanks to a little pedometer application on my husband’s Ipod Nano I can successfully say I have taken more than 80,000 steps since the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2011. The majority of those steps have been around our country block, achieved despite snowstorms and -25 C temperatures. It is a great accomplishment for me to consistently walk 3.3 KM five times a week and I hope I can keep it up.

My first target was this past Saturday, Feb. 5 when I joined the members of Bayfield Guiding on a snowshoe walk on the Sawmill Trail with Tyler Hessel from Outside Projects as our trail guide. This was the first time I’d been on snowshoes in over a decade and I must say I like the improvements they’ve made to them. The girls took to snowshoes like ducks take to water but they were plum tuckered out at the end of the 2.1 KM trail. I was happy to note that I wasn’t tired and was sad to have to take the snowshoes off, another reason to resolve to keep stepping out this winter. - 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