Bookmark and Share   Feb. 16, 2010    Vol. 2 Week 8 Issue 85

soup will be simmering at the town hall this sunday

There are two awards up for grabs at the Soups On, Bayfield event to be held Feb. 20 at the Bayfield Town Hall. Master woodcarver Bob Merrimen is shown here with the prizes that he handcrafted. (Submitted photo)


“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, Bayfield Chef Richard Fitoussi will judge the soups and a Chef’s Award will also be handed out.

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.

outgoing coordinator reflects on take time program

Joyce Lambert, outgoing coordinator of the popular Take Time program.

Joyce Lambert, has been the driving force behind the success of the Take Time program since it began in the village in the winter of 2009. On Feb. 14 the final session of the 2011 season was held and it marked the end of Lambert’s time as overall coordinator of the event. She now passes the reigns over to Judy Keightley who intends to continue to build on the success of the event with her very capable committee.

The following is a reflection by Lambert on how the program was established and has progressed:

“I joined Rev. Angela Brands, of Trinity Anglican Church; Rev. Susan Moore, of Knox Presbyterian Church; Mary Schultz, of Church on the Way; Carol Carter, representing St. Andrew's United Church; plus Ruth Brown and Gayle Waters for an afternoon meeting in late Autumn 2008. We discussed a concept that would be for a social, education time each Monday from mid-January to mid-February, hosted by the local churches. This would in part also allow them to open their doors to the community on a non-traditional service day. The concept became Take Time.

“We have covered a variety of topics such as, health, gardening, telling your own story, training dogs for police work and the very popular travel. Not one person who was asked to be a speaker turned down the opportunity. At first we wondered if we would get enough people from the community to register.

“I recall Mary Schultz saying, "Well, if we get 15 let's do it!" On the very first registration day at Trinity Anglican Church in January 2009 we got more than 30 people signed up for each session.

“The church coordinators made the sessions a great success by ensuring the hospitality of the churches. Thanks must go to Barb Harkins of Knox, Bayfield; Elaine Scrimgeour, of Trinity Anglican; Shirley MacAlister, of St. Andrews; and Mary Schultz, of The Church on the Way. For the first two years they provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for presenters and public. This year we had new coordinators who have continued that hospitality and to them we also give thanks.

“It is very gratifying to see that Take Time has grown every year. This year we had 103 people at one session. It has grown more and more into the community and in some cases outgrown the ability of the church to house the session. The co-operation of the Bayfield Historical Society and the Bayfield Town Hall has been very appreciated in reaching into the community.

“Many thanks to all who enjoy and have participated in Take Time,” concluded Lambert.

historical society to learn of legacy left by brigadier smith

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.

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.

Brigadier Smith 1
Brigadier Dr. Morgan Smith

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.

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 insulin, 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.

To learn more about this man’s incredible career and the legacy he left in Bayfield 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.


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.


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.

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.

archives room

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

concert series

Locally known musician, John Powers, of Stratford, will take to the stage at the Bayfield Town Hall on Feb. 20. He will delight the audience with his set entitled, “Saskatchewanian Folk Salad”.

He will be joined on stage by Benito Band for some “Folk and Roll from Belgium”. The group is comprised of former Goderich resident, Scott Hamilton, who now lives in Brussels, Belgium; fellow Ontarian, David Koczij and Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Tom Manoury.

There is a $10 cover for this concert. The evening begins at 8:30 p.m.



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 a photograph taken in 1900. We realize that probably no one will be able to identify the woman but the value of this image cannot be discounted. The woman is walking on the hill that today can be found at the start of the Sawmill Trail. The logs for the original corduroy road are visible. It is an image that clearly demonstrates how important this road was to our early pioneers.

Remember Me Issue 85

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



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.


Remember Me

In Issue 84, Jackie Thompson recognized the two men to be Walter Westlake and Rev. Peter Renner.  They were photographed watching all the excitement when the fishing boats got into trouble in ice in March of 1955.

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An excerpt from a book by harry Baker

Memoir a testament to a way of life

Greta and HarryHarry Baker is pictured here with his twin sister Greta Scotchmer in a photo taken to mark their 80th birthdays. The twins were born in Bayfield on June 28, 1903. In Baker's book, My Memoirs, he comments that "the village was electrified to have twins in its midst."


Baker noted in his book, first published in 1986, that, "Seventy years ago we had no refrigeration and the fishermen had to cut ice and fill the ice houses."

Men stand on the east side of the Thom's fish shanty during the ice break up of the Bayfield River in the Spring of 1943.

In the early days, the ice that formed on the Bayfield River each winter played an integral part in village life – from providing refrigeration to recreation.



It may be safe to say that Harry Baker (1903-1997) was the last Bayfield resident with a true pioneer spirit. In 1986, at the age of 83, he sat down and penned his memoirs detailing incidents that had occurred in the village over his lifetime. The self-published book was never formally edited or organized but remains a testament to a way of life all but forgotten and a tribute to the people that shaped this community.

The following is an excerpt from “My Memoirs” by Harry Baker. In this section he talks about how ice played an integral part in village life – from providing refrigeration to recreation.

“Seventy years ago we had no refrigeration and the fishermen had to cut ice and fill the ice houses. One Saturday, the gang cleared a nice piece of ice in the middle of the river to play hockey, in the Christmas holidays. Next Monday, Murdoch Ross decided he needed the ice more than we did and proceeded along with the rest of the fishermen to cut the ice in three-foot squares for the ice shanties, we were furious but couldn’t stop the operations.

“After they got the ice cut they put up a big chute to the window of the ice house and hooked old Nellie – Louis Thompson’s black, faithful mare to the end of a long rope with a pulley and would pull the ice two cakes at a time, six hundred pounds up the slide where a couple of men with ice tongs would seize it and pile it up tier after tier until the ice house was full, then put two feet of sawdust on the top to insulate it.

“All summer long they would take a cake out and break it up and lay the fish in the ice, much the same as they do now, only the machines produce the ice.

“One afternoon we hitched old Nellie to the ice plow to mark the cakes for sawing and poor old Nellie broke through the ice up to her head.

“I can still see the poor old girl with her head showing, pleading for help, as once again an animal can’t get their hind quarters out once in a hole in the ice. Something had to be done quickly, we tried to pull her out, head first – no good – Billy Sturgeon a big, strong man, reached out and twisted his hand and arm around Nellie’s tail and eight of us joined hands and started to pull and out came Nellie’s rear first and gratified, we rubbed her down, put a blanket on her and put Tod Brown on her back and trotted her around for awhile and back to work she went and said not a word.

“What a boom to the early settlers was a good horse who asked for nothing and gave everything in return, well, the ice houses were all full and we went back to hockey.”

Baker wrote, “One spring, the ice went out before the fishermen got started to cut and after much scurrying about, March 1st, we got three nights of ten and fifteen degrees below zero, the fishermen got busy quickly and harvested beautiful ice twenty-four inches thick and clear as water.

“If the ice were rough at the river we would go to Brandon’s flats, clear a patch, light a fire and skate till ten o’clock; men, women and children would have a glorious time.

“One winter, Harold Weston, Alice Stinson, Shirley King and I skated half way to Goderich and the ice was beautiful but you had to be careful of the cracks or the ice could break off at the shore and you would start out into the lake. This happened to my Dad and Cap Dresser one day while setting the nets, and they were just able to jump the cracks and get out of a mess as they had to haul their sleighs behind them.”

Anyone with an interest in reading more from Baker’s book should contact Trinity Anglican Church or the Bayfield Archives Room as both have copies available for sale.

PIXILATED — image of the week


Winter Regatta by Jim Taleski

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


As a writer I am always searching for the next little bit of inspiration to come when I sit down at the keyboard to put forth my two cents for the week.

This issue’s inspiration came in a back issue of a local newspaper. The edition came out in early January but I sometimes save papers and read them in clumps as time allows. Unfortunately, it was an obituary that inspired me. I was deeply saddened to read that the little sister of public school classmates and the daughter of a former co-worker had died of a terribly debilitating illness – ALS or Motor Neuron Disease.

Tracy (Ott) Whiston died on Dec. 6 with her family – a husband and three children by her side. She was 37 years old and had fought a courageous battle with the disease for 10 months. She called Auckland, New Zealand home but she was raised in Goderich Twp.; attended Holmesville Public School and GDCI.

I first learned of her health issues late last year when Facebook friends shared a television feature that had been done about her amazing courage and how her friends, plus parents and teachers from her children's school, had rallied around her and were preparing to run a triathlon in her honor. Tracy, herself, was very athletic and had run the same triathlon just a year before. The day after her friends completed the triathlon she died.

I know this tribute to such a vibrant and beautiful young woman comes two months after her passing but the truth is her cause lives on in the Tracy Whiston MND Charitable Trust and it is never too late to make a donation in her memory at - 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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