Bookmark and Share   Jan. 17, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 3 Issue 446

muszynski passes the bottle opener on to graham 


192A3274Meet 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.

192A2324Kim 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.”

192A2328The 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!


Paul_Spittal_HTLTCPaul 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.”

Max_Morden_HTLTCMax Morden

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, 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

In Memoriam 

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.

CCI12012018Joe 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.

Soups on

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 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 -

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.

Artists Guild


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.



walker newest member of
Source protection committee

Jennette_Walker_SPCJennette Walker (Submitted photo)

A committee to protect local municipal drinking water sources has announced that Jennette Walker is its newest member.

The Zurich woman was selected as a representative of the Environment sector on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (ABMVSPC). The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region (ABMVSPR) accepted applications for a vacant Environment seat between Aug. 15 and Sept. 25, 2017 and the source protection authorities made the selection after a review of candidacies through a competitive competition.

“We are very pleased to have the local knowledge, environmental and scientific knowledge, experience, and expertise that Jennette brings to the committee table,” said Matt Pearson, Chairman of the ABMVSPC.

“Jennette’s extensive skill set will be a great asset to the work of the committee,” said Geoffrey Cade, Program supervisor with the ABMVSPR.

The newest committee member brings a wealth of experience in the environmental field. She is a Senior Technical Specialist in Listowel with GM BluePlan Engineering Ltd. where she conducts site inspections for street reconstruction and treatment plant upgrades as well as assisting in the preparation of project proposals, tender documents, and project research. Her extensive professional experience includes previous work at B. M. Ross and Associates Ltd., the Town of Goderich, and the Municipality of Bluewater.

The new committee member brings familiarity with both the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield watersheds and the communities within them. She also brings knowledge of water and wastewater systems and regulations and legislation. Walker is Vice Chair of the Huron Stewardship Council. She is a past member of the Huron County Water Protection Steering Committee and Maitland Conservation’s Water Action Team. She has also been a member of a municipal working group for local drinking water source protection and the community working group that developed a Conservation Strategy for Ausable Bayfield watersheds. She has experience working on technical reports, water budgets, groundwater studies, and delineation of wellhead protection areas and intake protection zones.

“I am very pleased and honored to be selected as the newest member of the committee,” said Walker. “I am looking forward to working with all the committee members to guide the implementation of local plans that are adding protection to municipal sources of drinking water. I have a keen interest in finding practical and effective ways to protect the water resources upon which we rely.”

The make-up of the ABMVSPC is shaped by the source protection committee regulation (Ontario Regulation 288/07) and by a local process that took place to decide how to include diverse voices at the committee table. One third of the committee is from municipalities. One third (five members) comes from economic sectors. Locally, three of those five economic member seats are from agriculture and the other two are from industry and commerce (including tourism). The other third of the committee represents other – environmental, health, and other interests of the public (including property owner association representation; public representatives from each of the two source protection areas; and two environmental sector representatives).

“The diverse voices at the table help the committee to find practical and effective ways to keep our local drinking water safe and clean, starting at the source,” said Pearson. “We have a talented group of people to help us as we implement, monitor, and update policies that reduce risk to municipal drinking water in this region.”

The ABMVDWSPC is a 15-member committee in addition to the Chair. The committee was Ontario’s first SPC. The members have worked with the public since 2007 to create local terms of reference, assessment reports, and source protection plans. The Ontario Clean Water Act of 2006 makes this work possible.

The Province of Ontario approved the locally developed source protection plans on Jan. 19, 2015. The plans took effect on Apr. 1, 2015. Plan policies address 21 activities (such as fuel or chemical storage; among others) that can pose a significant threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances (for example, in certain quantities and in the most vulnerable locations such as municipal wellhead protection areas). The local source protection authorities are currently conducting public consultation on proposed amendments to the assessment reports and source protection plans.

There are four types of vulnerable areas. They are wellhead protection areas (zones of protection around municipal wells, to protect groundwater); surface water intake protection zones (in this region, around Lake Huron intakes); significant groundwater recharge areas; and highly vulnerable aquifers. Activities in vulnerable areas are assessed as low, moderate or significant threats to municipal drinking water sources. In this region, significant threats to drinking water are only found in wellhead protection area zones A, B, and C. Plan policies in those relatively small areas reduce risk by using tools ranging from education and outreach, to risk management plans, to restricted land uses, or prohibition of some activities in some cases. To find out about wellhead protection areas, source protection plans, and upcoming public open houses and public engagement opportunities on plan amendments, visit

Library Card the ticket to exploring county culture 

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol are excited to announce that since Jan. 1 regular admission to the museum and gaol are available at no charge to those presenting a Huron County Library card.

The Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol strives to engage our local community in preserving, sharing and celebrating Huron County culture. Local residents may be surprised to discover that the museum and historic gaol house over 30,000 historical and cultural artifacts related to county life and donated by the community.

Meighan Wark, director of Cultural Services and acting CAO, said, “Offering free admission to Huron County Library card holders enables the museum to better engage with our local community as well as increase access to the museum’s resources.”

Each museum and gaol visitor will be required to present their own library card, including children over the age of five. Library cards are available at no charge to Huron County residents at any one of Huron County’s 12 library branch locations. Free admission is limited to regular admission rates only. Additional charges will still apply to workshops, programs (including Behind the Bars), special events, room rentals, group tours, memberships, archives use, and other events.

Staff at the museum would like to encourage Huron County residents to take advantage of the many services and programs that the museum offers including exploring the museum and gaol’s permanent and temporary collections, taking advantage of the services offered in the Archives and Reading Room, and utilizing the ever growing Digitized Newspaper Collection, now available on-line.

Visit the museum’s website at for regular admission rates for visitors without library cards. Visit the museum today at 110 North Street in Goderich or call 519 524-2686. Huron County Library card holders are invited to visit the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol as often as they like.

Join us in preserving and celebrating Huron County culture!

capital campaign goal for Jessica's House reached

The Capital Campaign Committee of Jessica's House – Huron County, a residential hospice for end-of-life care being built in Exeter, announced today (Jan. 17) that the capital campaign to raise $3.4 million dollars has been reached, with a total of $3,410,000 being raised.

Considered an ambitious goal at the beginning, the campaign was met with passion and enthusiasm by a community who opened their hearts and wallets to honour 22 year-old Jessica Hamather who's life was cut short with a rare, incurable cancer in 2015 and whose name the hospice bears. The target of $3.4 million covers the cost of the actual building and operating costs for three years.

"As of today, we have exceeded our goal of $3.4 million dollars in cash and pledges plus an additional $600,000 in gifts in kind", reported Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Rob Reid. "The gifts in kind are the outstanding result of the 35 local suppliers who have contributed generously to the building of the hospice.”

The hospice is on track to open this spring, offering three residential bedrooms, a homelike setting and an expanded set of support programs and services for families and their loved ones.

The fundraising campaign was launched Dec. 12, 2016 and quickly gained momentum with more than 4,000 individual donors and hundreds of community events naming Jessica's House as their chosen charity.

"To be able to reach such an ambitious goal in a small, mostly rural community, within 13 months is stunning," advised Deb Homuth, chair of the Jessica's House Board. "The results surpassed our expectations and are contributed to our caring, passionate community."

Without exception, the major donors cite the need for a residential hospice in the area as the primary reason to donate, in addition to long-standing support of the South Huron Hospital Foundation and admiration for the Hamather family, one of the region's most respected families.

"We are delighted to reach this milestone with such significant help from donors large and small," said Pat O'Rourke, chair of the South Huron Hospital Foundation. "It speaks volumes to the depth of our caring neighbors, families and friends to make this exceptional project a reality."

The Capital Campaign may be complete but donations are always welcome, ensuring that Jessica's House never has to worry that the lights will be on and the welcome mat will be out.

For information please contact Kimberley Payne at or call 519 235-2700 Ext 5133.




conservationist of the year

Rural landowners and residents, farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities have been some of the winners of the Conservationist of the Year Award over the past three and a half decades.
You are invited to nominate a person, farm, business or organization that is doing positive work in the local watershed community for this annual award.

Nominations will be received until Wednesday, Jan. 31. The award will be presented on Thursday, March 22 at Ironwood Golf Club, 70969 Morrison Line, 2 KM east of Exeter.

“I am very appreciative of all the individuals and municipalities who have nominated someone for this award in past years,” said Brian Horner, General manager and secretary-treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “If you know a person, farm, business, or organization doing positive things in your watershed community, I invite you to nominate them.”

The nomination form and award guidelines are available on the ABCA 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. Or, you can go directly to the page at this link:

Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. Call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email if you would like more information about the award.

“I appreciate all the people taking positive actions in their community for water and soil and for living things,” said Horner. “This award is a way we can say thank you.”

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.

ABCA has presented the award since 1984. Each award winner is a business, farm, organization, or resident of the watershed or person having done conservation work there.

Watershed Champion Grants

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is inviting local schools to help their community and to become Watershed Champions. As a new initiative, the local conservation authority has announced it is offering up to four grants of up to $500 each. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; and may also include public education about their local watershed.

An application form and guidelines are available online at Please email completed applications to by Feb. 12. All funded projects will be notified by the end of February.

“We are excited to announce the Watershed Champions Grant for local schools,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “We invite our watershed schools to consider stewardship projects that create awareness and that are positive actions that benefit our watershed communities.”

ABCA is looking for school projects that provide solutions to environmental challenges with measurable and manageable actions that can be completed within the school year and with goals that are realistic and attainable.

“We want to enable schools to improve their community’s watershed health,” said Iszczuk. “Whether the project is to plant some trees, make a garden, or host a special event, we hope that this grant helps local schools with their goals too.”

The Watershed Champions Grant is aligned with the Conservation Strategy for Ausable Bayfield watersheds. This community-developed strategy calls for people, community groups and organizations to work in partnership to create awareness and take positive actions to improve watersheds for the health of communities, watersheds and people.

Schools can apply for one of two categories: 1) Creating Awareness; and 2) Taking Action.

The Taking Action category is a hands-on positive action project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things: such as clean water diversion including rain gardens; controlling erosion; enhancing wildlife habitat; grassland restoration and enhancement; improving streams; planting native trees and shrubs; wetland restoration and enhancement; creating a living snow fence; cleanups; and collecting and reporting on environmental features including performing a tree inventory.

The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action – such as being a community ambassador for actions that protect water, soil, and living things; promoting responsible practices such as water conservation or proper disposal of harmful chemicals and household hazardous waste; raising awareness through the Yellow Fish Road™ program; creating education and/or recreational opportunities; developing a school carbon offset program or a school Conservation Strategy; or sponsoring a guest speaker.

Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to take part in the contest: Huron Centennial; Seaforth; St. Columban; St. James; St. Patrick’s (Dublin); Bluewater Coast; St. Boniface; Wilberforce; Grand Bend; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Central Huron Secondary School; Clinton; Huron Christian; St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School; St. Joseph’s (Clinton); Adelaide W.G MacDonald; Bosanquet Central; East Williams; Exeter Elementary; Precious Blood; South Huron District High School; McGillivray Central; North Middlesex District Secondary School; Parkhill West Williams; Sacred Heart; and Stephen Central.

The Watershed Champion Grant is possible thanks to funding support by NextEra Energy Canada, LP.

Source protection open house 

The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region (ABMVSPR) has posted a notice of proposed amendments to assessment reports and source protection plans for the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield source protection areas. The local source protection authority is proposing the amendments to reflect recent changes in six area well systems: Benmiller, Blyth, Dungannon, Molesworth, Ripley, and Varna. A revision to two policies is also proposed. 

People can review and inspect the changes and provide written comments to the source protection authority until Feb. 8. You are invited to review the proposed amendments and the new mapping on the Internet at

Interested people may attend public open houses to ask questions at the following locations:

* Blyth: Monday, Jan. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m., Blyth and District Community Centre, 377 Gypsy Lane
* Varna: Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4-7 p.m., at the Stanley Complex, 38594 Mill Road

If you would like to submit written comments about the proposed amendments and policy changes, you may submit those comments, by Feb. 8 to Ausable Bayfield Source Protection Authority, on behalf of Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON, N0M 1S5. You are also invited to email your written comments to:







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, we share a photo that records note is of Thomas Heard and Mrs (Wm) Ellen and David Howard circa 1900s (Archives Code: PB12 10)  

PB12 10 Remember Me 446 

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



PB12 14a Remember Me 444 

In Issue 444, a photo taken at the wedding of Lucy Woods and Carl Diehl. Does anyone remember this special day or the guests pictured? (Archives Code: PB12 14a)


 PB12 6b Remember Me 445

In Issue 445, Andrew Stalker is featured in this image from the early 1900s. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 6b)



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winter walk lives up to its name 

It was a typical winter's day in Huron County when the Winter Walk took place on Jan. 13 at the Varna Nature Trails. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)

It was a fine day for a hike as long as you were appropriately dressed for the cooler temperatures and that included our four legged friends. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) welcomed all to their Annual Winter Walk on Saturday, Jan. 13 along the Varna Nature Trails at the Stanley Complex in Varna. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Gary Lloyd-Rees makes his way along the trail while being captured in an image by a fellow photographer. (Photo by Jack Pal)

After braving the trails, participants were treated to a hot dog lunch and hot apple cider in the sanctuary of the Stanley Complex. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Jane Rowat (right) proved that winter wear can be fashionable and functional at the same time. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

Shelagh Sully, of Bayfield, was one of about 35 people who took part in the Winter Walk hosted by the BRVTA on Saturday. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  


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 was held on the Varna Nature Trails on Jan. 13.

The Winter Walk lived up to its name, as there were intermittent blasts of snow between rays of sunshine on a very cold day. But the flakes didn’t deter about 35 individuals from taking part in the excursion that for many has become an early January tradition.

The Varna Nature Trails are comprised to two trails: Mavis’ Trail and the Taylor Trail.

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.

Starting at noon at the Stanley Complex a hot dog lunch was served along with hot apple cider. While warming up inside, there was an opportunity for people to renew their BRVTA membership.

The BRVTA is a volunteer run, not-for-profit hiking organization, and a member of Hike Ontario. Certified hike leaders offer guided hikes twice monthly. Visit for further information on the trails or upcoming hikes.

_MG_4759-2Hiking across the Robeson Bridge is always a treat for those who explore Mavis' Trail. (Photo by Jack Pal)

A highlight of Mavis' Trail is always the arrival at the scenic look-out of the Bayfield River. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Despite the warm temperatures just days prior to the hike the trail was snow covered. (Photo by Jack Pal)

Mavis’ Trail is a level 3 trail as there are some steeper inclines and rougher surface conditions. This trail is about 3 KM long. (Photo by Jack Pal)  

After the snow a burst of sunlight escorted hikers along the trail. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  



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Ice/Log Jam

Ice/Log Jam... By Gary Lloyd-Rees 

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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


The oldest youth members in Bayfield Guiding held a winter camp at Klahanie this past weekend. It was our first time testing out the bunkhouses and Comfort Station for their winter readiness and I must say in the frigid weather as the snow fell down outside we couldn’t have been cozier.

This was a relaxed camp where the older girls could just have fun acting their age and unplugging from the outside world. This was time for them to simply enjoy the snow, listen to music, play board games and laugh themselves silly. Mind you they did test out a pilot challenge for Girl Guides of Canada on the topic of Diversity but they made that fun too.

So I was pretty relaxed when I returned home on Sunday mid-day only to be startled back to reality by my husband’s greeting, “So did you see what happened in Hawaii?” Obviously in his excitement regarding current events he forgot I had been off the grid for over 24 hours.

Upon seeing my baffled expression he regaled me with the tale of people running for safety, opening manhole covers and putting their children underground in an effort to escape a reported incoming ballistic missle. The imminent arrival of said missile had been announced on electronic traffic signs, on TV, on radio, on cell phones. They had 15 minutes. This was not a test. Some 38 minutes later it was announced that the message had been sent in error and all was well. Someone had pushed the wrong button.

Later watching the news myself I took pause when one television news anchor reported that he had been relieved to learn that US President Donald Trump had been on the golf course when this scenario played out and not watching Fox News. He noted that the impulsive hand of the president could have very well reached for a button of his own in retaliation for the pending strike starting an accidental war.

If you are looking for me you can find me back at Klahanie sitting on a bench on the bunkhouse porch listening to the call of a lone chick-a-dee as the sun shines down on sparkling white snow. – Melody


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