muszynski passes the bottle opener on to graham
PHOTOS BY DIANNE BRANDON AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Meet the new owners of The Albion Hotel, Jeff Graham and his wife Leigh. The young couple, parents to 18- month-old daughter, Calla, and just waiting to be born baby number two, took ownership on Jan. 5.
The Albion Hotel has been a Main Street staple since the 1860s. At that time it was a stagecoach hotel and was yet to be the large stately building that visitors and residents are familiar with today – that structure was built at some point prior to 1890 with the stately verandah being added by the Elliott family in 1902. The Elliott family would run the hotel for 74 years.
Kim Muszynski, and his pal Buddy, have left the building but they promise to come back for regular visits.
The hotel – which could be classified as the village’s “Cheers” bar - has for the last 30 years been under the ownership of Kim Muszynski – quite a lengthly sojurn in this modern age.
After three decades of standing behind the bar Muszynski has passed the bottle opener to Jeff Graham and his wife Leigh. The young couple, parents to 18- month-old daughter, Calla, and just waiting to be born baby number two, took ownership on Jan. 5.
Jeff Graham is a lifetime Bayfield resident and experienced small business owner. He is following in the footsteps of his grandparents, Pat and Wyn Graham, who owned and operated Graham’s General Store on Main Street for 21 years beginning in 1968. They were located where Main Street Optometric and The Bayfield General Store are today.
Leigh Graham is a previous Seaforth native with a background in marketing and customer service.
“We plan on building on the foundation that previous Albion owner Kim Musyinski has laid out for us. We aim to keep the old time charm of The Albion intact while adding modern updates,” said Leigh. “Since opening Friday (Jan. 5), we have been warmly welcomed by the many folks who were able to make it out. We are very enthusiastic to be serving this wonderful community for years to come.”
The now retired Kim Muszynski noted that after 30 great years as barkeep at The Albion Hotel he will no longer have to give up his bar stool to Mike Dixon when he comes in to sit in the pub at the bar.
Muszynski noted that he couldn’t be happier that the hotel has been left in great hands and to true locals.
He took a moment to reflect on his career as a barkeep and hotelier:
“Oh my God, 30 great years, no regrets and never once did I not want to go to work. All my staff past and present, they have been my rock, and I really would like to thank them. To all our customers, the Albion wouldn’t be what it is without you. And now when I come to the Albion and sit in the pub at the bar I don’t have to give up my stool to Mike Dixon.”
“Good luck to Jeff and Leigh Graham.” A sentiment shared by all in the community. Cheers!
BAYFIELD AND GRAND BEND RESIDENTS JOIN LAND TRUST
Paul Spittal (Submitted photos)
The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) provides lasting protection to important natural areas, such as the Bayfield River Flats and the Mayhew Tract, thanks to donations that have been made by the public. The land trust for the historic area of the Huron Tract has announced that two active volunteers have joined the Board of Directors. The two newest board members of the Land Trust Conservancy are Max Morden, of Grand Bend, and Paul Spittal, of Bayfield. The two men have been active in their communities.
“We are very pleased to welcome two new directors who combine years of professional experience and knowledge with active public service in their own communities,” said Roger Lewington, chair of the HTLTC. “They will be very valuable to the work of the land trust and people of this area as we strive to continue our recent momentum towards lasting protection of natural areas in this historic part of Ontario.”
Morden has been co-owner of Morden Communications Inc since 1994. Before that he worked as a lawyer between 1973 and 1994 in London.
Spittal, now retired, was an educator with the Avon Maitland District School Board, and the former Huron County Board of Education, between 1972 and 2003.
Morden said we are all trustees and stewards of the natural world around us. The concept of a land trust is a simple yet powerful tool to convey this vision of trusteeship and stewardship, he said. The HTLTC gives landowners a practical way to leave a lasting local land legacy, according to the new director. The Grand Bend man has been very active in his community, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend since 2005, currently as Secretary. He served with the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre from 2007 to 2013, having served as Chair from 2010 to 2012. He served as Co-Chair of the Lakeshore Eco-Network when it began in 2014 and he continues his service with them as a director.
Spittal has served as a president of the Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs. He is a former Tuckersmith Township councillor, prior to its amalgamation into Huron East. He and his wife, Joan, restored a heritage farm property near Egmondville by planting more than 10,000 trees to reduce erosion into the Bayfield River and to help enrich the farmland there. He said he enjoys seeing how those trees have grown today. He said he is looking forward to working with people in the historic area of the Huron Tract to permanently protect important natural areas. The new director has been very active in his community, having served as a member of a number of community organizations including: Community Living Central Huron; Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs; Huron East Recreation Board; Huron East Heritage Committee; and on Parish Council of Trinity Anglican Church Bayfield.
The Board of Directors of HTLTC works with the community to preserve local habitat for future generations through permanent custodianship. Chairman Lewington thanked past directors Tom McLaughlin and David Kemp, who recently retired from the Board after years of dedicated service since the land trust’s formation in 2011.
“I would like to thank Tom and David for their years of service,” Lewington said. “Two very good people have retired from the board and two very good people have joined the board. We have been able to retain and add a lot of experience around the table and it will serve the Huron Tract area well.”
Current members of the HTLTC Board of Directors are Roger Lewington, of Bayfield; Steve Boles, of Exeter; Steve Bowers, of Brussels; Don Farwell, of Stratford; Burkhard Metzger, of Clinton; Peter Twynstra, of Ailsa Craig; Philip Walden, of Thedford; Paul Spittal, of Bayfield; and Max Morden, of Grand Bend.
Land trusts or land conservancies are independent, charitable organizations that work with private landowners to preserve open space and nature. A land trust can permanently protect land to preserve its natural, environmental, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance. Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and, in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements. The land is then protected from that time on. Acquisition of properties is subject to board approval and negotiation of management agreements.
The HTLTC gets its name and geographic boundaries from the days of early settlement in this part of Ontario. The Huron Tract was purchased by the Canada Company, an agent of the British government, to be distributed to colonial settlers of Upper Canada. The Canada Company bought one million acres (4,000 km) of land, west of the then London district, and called it the Huron Tract. The Canada Company was the administrative agent for the Huron Tract.
The HTLTC gives people in the historic Huron Tract area a safe, reliable, long-term way to leave financial contributions or bequests of real property for the protection of land, water, and habitat for generations to come. If you would like to donate to the work of the HTLTC or leave a lasting local land legacy for protection, please visit htltc.ca, phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or speak with one of the community members on the land trust’s Board of Directors.
To learn more visit the land trust website at htltc.ca.
Laudenbach loved the simple things in life
Joe Laudenbach loved the simple things in life like family, good friends and a really good sunset.
He found all these things in the Village of Bayfield.
Joe Laudenbach (Submitted photo)
Born Joseph Adam Laudenbach he died peacefully, surrounded by family at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich, on Jan. 12. He was in his 88th year.
Laudenbach was born and raised in Huron County (Seaforth) and was a real 'local boy'. He met his wife, Margie, on the beach in Bayfield. While he lived-in Montreal and Toronto and spent his career mainly in the latter city, he and his family had a cottage in Bayfield where they spent weekends, summers and other holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
Through his life he was an avid supporter of all things 'local'. He went out of his way to support local people, politics, charities, clubs, merchants and other efforts. The Pioneer Park Association in particular was a favorite and he was especially supportive of the Pioneer Park 5KM Fun Run.
Retiring to Bayfield only made his local interests more prominent, and it's something that he instilled in all of his children. His years in local politics as a municipal councilor was a role he took very seriously and he always did his best and wanted to do his best by Bayfield - even when others were not aligned to his thinking. Laudenbach was the first councilor representing the Ward of Bayfield when the amalgamation to the Municipality of Bluewater occurred in 2001.
Margaret (nee Bauer) Laudenbach, his beloved wife, survives him. He was the loving father of the late David (1995) and Lori Laudenbach, Andrew and Catherine Laudenbach, Ann Laudenbach and Jill Waters, and Sarah and Ben Gundy. Adam, Teresa, Madeline, Emily, Beatrice and Penelope will miss their cherished grandfather. Survived by brother John Laudenbach and sister Marion Goyette. Also missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Mike and sister Katie.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 156 North St. in Goderich, on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Cremation will follow with burial of cremated remains at the Bayfield Cemetery in the spring.
The family would like to offer a special thank you for the outstanding care and compassion provided by the doctors and nurses at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Huron Residential Hospice, the Pioneer Park Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Condolences for the family may be placed through www.falconerfuneralhomes.com13243332
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 Seaforth Legion tonight (Jan. 17) 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.
Saturdays at the Library
The Friends of the Bayfield Library, “Saturdays at the Library” series will be held from now until April on the final Saturday of the month. The first in the series is entitled, “Switzerland on Foot”.
Join Beth Ross and John Thompson, of Goderich, as they take their audience on a journey across all the regions of Switzerland. The pair will provide tips on how to make good use of the Swiss Railway System and they will also pass on their knowledge of the culture, cities and countryside and how all these fit together to provide visitors with a positive travel experience.
The program will be held at the Bayfield Public Library on Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Feb. 18 is the date for “Soups On”, the tasting event hosted by the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society.
All are welcome to come out to the town hall, sample the soups and meet up with friends and neighbors by joining in this fun Family Day Weekend event. Local restaurants and community organizations will compete for the coveted ladle trophies and bragging rights! Voting begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m. with winners announced shortly after.
This is also a great opportunity to learn about the many active organizations in the community as many set up displays alongside their soup turenes.
Invitations have been sent to the restaurants and organizations that have participated in the past. Anyone new to the area that would like to be involved is asked to please contact Patricia Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please act quickly as space is limited.
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 Bayfield, in support of the new Huron Residential Hospice.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23 and Wednesday, Jan. 31, 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 or neighbors and shake off those seasonal blahs with fun, fellowship and food.
Dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. on either day. Reservations can be made via Renegades. The menu will consist of either a salad or soup, chicken cordon bleu (Jan. 23) or a French cut pork chop (Jan. 31) followed by a choice of delicious dessert. A vegetarian option will also be available.
Tickets can be purchased at Renegades Diner from Jan. 12 to 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.
battle of the sexes
Feeling snowbound and sick of winter? Wish you were one of the lucky people heading out on a warm Caribbean cruise? Well, come out to the Bayfield Town Hall on the evening of Friday, Jan. 26, when a traditional cruise activity comes to Bayfield.
Members of the audience will be able to escape their winter blues by participating in the Newlywed Game (where being a newlywed is not required), and the ever-popular Battle of the Sexes.
Your host for the evening is Christopher Boyd, who conducted these games many times in his role as entertainment director on Royal Caribbean cruises. Paul Hill will assist, our inveterate director of Bayfield’s upcoming Cabaret.
Tickets are $15 and those who attend will also be able to enjoy a cash bar. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Call Sandy at 519 565-2830 for tickets.
Tickets are now on sale for the Bayfield Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting. It will take place on Monday, Jan. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church. A hot lunch will be served, followed by the meeting and guest speaker.
The current The Little Inn of Bayfield building was built in the 1840s which means it has been operating for about 177 years. During that time, three individuals, still living in Bayfield, are from families that owned The Little Inn for a combined period of 55 years. Gayle Waters, Ruth Brown and Gayle Detenbech whose presentation is called “Voices From The Little Inn” will use an informal armchair discussion to share stories about owning this historic inn.
Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained from any board member or by calling Doug at 519 565-5187 or Jim at 519 565-2328.
As the area seems to be experiencing a good old fashioned winter it has been decided that the congregations of Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield and their sister church, St. James’, Middleton will be holding joint services through the winter months at Trinity.
The new hours are Sundays: Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Eucharist Book of Alterative Services (BAS), 10 a.m. There will be a special BAS Morning Prayer service on the third Sunday of the month at 10 a.m.
The Wednesday morning Holy Communion Service at Trinity at 10:30 a.m. continues as usual.
The goal of CHAP is to promote cardiovascular health in the local community and to raise awareness about the importance of blood pressure monitoring. CHAP is a free service providing a reliable screen and follow up through a program based out of McMaster University. To learn more visit - chapprogram.ca.
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 if they are participating in the program.
The sessions run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the first Thursday of every month, at Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy. (Please note date and time change.) First visits require an onsite registration.
Contact One Care for more information at 1-877-502-8277.
Members of the Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) will be brightening dull winter days with their colorful art in a display at the Bayfield Public Library from now until Feb. 7.
Both paintings and pottery in a variety of styles ranging from realistic to abstract will make up the exhibit. There may even be some stained glass on display. The library window allows welcome light and viewing form the sidewalk so participants are embracing this great opportunity to share locally created art with the community.
BAG was formed in 2016 and welcomes creative people to join from those with no artistic experience to professional artists. They gather together every other Friday. To learn more contact them on Facebook at Bayfield Artist Guild.