Bookmark and Share   Apr. 18, 2018   Vol. 9 Week 16 Issue 458

shuttle to dream home added bonus of Home and garden show

34232664551_d1d498d121_kSarah Sylvester (left) chatted with visitors to the D.L Creations booth at the 2017 Bayfield Lions' Club's Home and Garden Show. The 2018 show will be held from Apr. 27-29. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Be sure to attend the Bayfield Lions’ Club’s 21st Annual Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, Apr. 27-29.

This is a great opportunity for area residents to get to know their local product and service providers. Exhibitors will include experts in lawn and garden, home entertainment, décor and comfort, investments, insurance, landscaping, leisure, pest control, porches and decks, real estate, renovations, travel and water treatment. There are several new vendors this year as well as Hydro One's Electricity Discovery Centre.

Once again, Bayfield has a prize offering in London's Dream Home Lottery. There will be a free shuttle to the Dream Home on Saturday and Sunday from the front of the arena, and free parking in the Agricultural Park.

Also returning this year will be displays by local volunteer service and interest groups. Come and see their displays and consider joining in their activities and taking an active role in the community.

Admission is free. The show is open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the local Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

Attendees at the show will have a chance to win some fabulous door prizes. Other highlights of the event include face painting for children (Friday, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 p.m.) and a food court featuring beverages, snacks and delicious lunches at modest prices. Kati Durst from Country 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the show Saturday midday.

The Bayfield Lions’ Club organizes and runs the Home and Garden Show every year as well as many other annual fundraising events including the Lions’ Breakfast in May, Walk for Dog Guides in June, the Lions’ Golf Tournament in September and the Fishing Derby in October. In 2017, the Lions raised over $30,000 from these events and added another $38,000 to pursue several Legacy Projects in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Bayfield Club, the 100th Anniversary of Lions International and Canada's 150th birthday.

Some of the Legacy Projects included initiating a Tree Health report on all the trees in Clan Gregor Square, removal and replacement of the unhealthiest of them, having bike racks made for use around the village, construction of new picnic tables for the Square and ordering a Mobile Stage. The stage has already been a popular addition for several functions. The Lions’ Club also runs its own building providing meeting rooms at modest prices for childcare, local clubs, associations and interest groups.

 Congregation's generosity overflows  back packs 

fullsizeoutput_90dJudy Pettey displayed the over 500 items collected to fill 18 backpacks during a recent Back Pack Campaign at Knox Church, Bayfield. (Submitted photo)

The Women of Knox led a congregation wide Back Pack Campaign which exceeded expectations!

Judy Pettey and Jan Sloane toured London Mission Services, “Gathering Place”; an outreach of Community Mental Health that sees as many as 150 people daily. These individuals come for support, warmth, socialization and to be part of a community. The need was identified for backpacks filled with hygiene and every day essentials.

Pettey and Sloane came back and challenged their congregation to help out with overwhelming results over 500 items were collected to fill 18 backpacks.

This past winter church members and other generous knitters also donated dozens of warm hats along with socks and neck warmers to London Mission Services for the benefit of those who spend most of their time on the streets.

Knox Bayfield once again earns their reputation as the “Little Church with the Big Heart!”

first star party of the year set for tomorrow night 

The West Coast Astronomers will host their first Star Party of the year at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, sky conditions permitting. Look for the flashing light.

As well as planning to observe the new Moon, Venus, Jupiter and the Pleiades the amateur astronomers will also be aiming for an assortment of deep sky objects. Everyone is welcome to join, with or without a telescope.

Visit for more details, locations and times. Each party is limited in the number of participants that can be accommodated. Please use the 'Register Now' button on the 'Star Party' page to reserve a spot. If the sky is not clear on the designated night, the event will be cancelled. If someone has doubt on the status of the event or has questions they are asked to please call 519 868-6691 before the event. Amateur astronomers are invited to please bring their telescope at sundown.

Are you an 'armchair' astronomer? Navigate to 'OUT OF THIS WORLD' on the West Coast Astronomers website and check this out..."The Weirdest Stars in the Universe".

This really interesting and informative public lecture was given recently at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. It was presented by Emily Levesque, Assistant professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle. Sit back, grab that glass and let your mind be blown away.

 LITTER WALK set for Sunday 

17534689732_61cb9a8b04_kVolunteers Scott Robeson, Margaret McBride, Helen VareKamp and Jack Pal were just a few of the folks that took to the village streets on Apr. 22, 2015 to pick up the trash that accumulated in the community over the winter months. This year the annual Litter Walk will be held on Sunday. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Fourth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Sunday afternoon, Apr. 22.

Starting at 2 p.m., families, visitors and Bayfield residents of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.

"Together we are working to keep our roadsides and ditches clean - protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors," said Elise Feltrin, an event organizer.

For more information please call Feltrin at 519 565-5852.




Councilor's Corner

Due to a personal scheduling conflict, this month’s Councilor’s Corner will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, encourages all to come hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. Stay tuned to the next issue of the Bayfield Breeze to see what topics will be covered.

Open Hearts of Bayfield 

IMG_1214 4Open Hearts of Bayfield will be joining The Kindness Rock Project by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks this June. (Submitted photo)  

Anyone who would like to connect with the human spirit; be inspired or inspire others through kindness, are invited to join “Open Hearts of Bayfield”. The group’s first two meetings will be held on Saturdays in June.

The Bayfield Public Library will host the group from 12:30-3 p.m. on June 9 and 16. Age is no limit; however, organizers ask that children under the age of 12 are accompanied by an adult.

The group will be joining by creating inspirational messages painted on rocks! Supplies will be provided, however, personal permanent Sharpies, acrylic craft paints and brushes are welcomed. Please bring an apron and ideas for future kindness projects.

It is hoped that these Huron Energy Rocks will inspire unsuspecting locals and visitors this summer. One message can make a difference in someone's life. Be the Change. Let's put Bayfield on the map for kindness!

For more information search Facebook for @OHBayfield or contact Reeka at

One Care Fitness 

There are two new opportunities for people to exercise in Bayfield.

On two Tuesdays and two Thursdays in May an introduction to Nordic Pole Walking will take place. Interested individuals are asked to meet at the Hive of Bayfield (next to Shop Bike Coffee) at 10:15 a.m. A short period of instruction will be followed by a 10 to 20-minute walk. The dates
are May 22, 24, 29 and 31.

An “Introduction to Yoga” will be offered on Tuesdays in June. Classes will be held at The Lake House of Bayfield (formerly The Red Pump). Chair Yoga will start at 10 a.m. and Restorative Yoga will start at 5 p.m. The four classes will be available for the low price of $20 all inclusive. The dates are June 4, 12, 19 and 26.

For more information visit the One Care table at the Bayfield Home and Garden Show, Apr. 27-29.

Historical Society

Hailey Arts will be featured at the next Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) Speakers Series evening on Apr. 23.

Arts has been involved with the BHS and Archives for three years now, in different capacities. She has an education in Museum Collections Management and has been a volunteer archivist in the village. Her resume also includes experiences working at six different leading museums across Southwestern Ontario to help create procedures and best practices to propel record keeping into the future, to improve access and longevity to the data created.

She is very qualified to present on the topic, “What does an archivist do?” All are welcome to attend the evening to be held at the Bayfield Lion’s Community Building at 7 p.m. to hear about all the exciting work, ask questions and learn something new!


Time to think flowers! What better way to get a jumpstart on some spring color than to purchase flowering plants and/or gift certificates from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield.

Once again the congregation members are partnering with Huron Ridge Greenhouses to bring forth their best in blooms. Too early in the season for decision making? No problem. Gift cards in $10 denominations are the answer. They have no expiry date and can be used for any and all products available at Huron Ridge.

The selling date ends Apr. 22 and pick up will be May 11 on Knox’s front lawn.

To learn more about what pots and baskets are available, their sizes and costs and to reserve please contact Ron Puley, 519 575-5345; Tom Grasby, 519 525-3054; or Brenda McLean, 519 524-8645.


Where did art come from and why? A recent discovery of a 100,000-year old paint “factory” in Africa tells people that there has always been a deep need to create images.

On Apr. 28, the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) invite all to explore “Art in the Caves with Margot Sippel” as part of their "Saturdays at the Library" series.

Sippel has visited the painted caves in France and will delve into some answers about why our prehistoric ancestors created art.

The presentation will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon.



Clinton Hospital benefits from foundation donation

2017-2018 Disbursement to CPHa 6x3Recently, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) Board of Directors presented the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) with a cheque in the amount of $294,490.20. From l-r: Fred Lobb, CPHF Board Director; Steve Brown, CPHF Board Treasurer; Michael Fleming, CPH Manager; Jane Groves, Linda Dunford and Bob Clark, all CPHF Board Directors; Mary Cardinal Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Vice President, People & Chief Quality Executive; Sibyl Tebbutt, CPHF Board Director; Darren Stevenson, CPHF Board Chair; Kate Nesbitt, CPH Registered Nurse; and Una Roy, CPHF Board Vice-Chair. (Submitted photos)  

Recently, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Board of Directors presented the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) with a cheque in the amount of $294,490.20.

These funds were raised by the Foundation through general donations, memorial donations, bequests, tribute gifts, as well as through the thankful patient program and fundraising events. The Clinton Raceway’s Legends’ Day, the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon and the annual Christmas Campaign were all very successful in raising funds for CPH. The CPH Foundation and CPH staff are very grateful for the financial support received throughout the fiscal year, through these donations and fundraising events.

With the support of donors, it was possible for the Foundation to make this transfer to CPH to support the purchase of the following equipment and projects:
· Scope Buddy (funded by bequest)
· Transport Ventilator
· Two Tornado Disinfector Units and Installation
· Ultrasounds Probe Sterilization and Storage Cabinet (funded with Radiothon donations)
· Five In-Patient Beds (Three Beds funded by CPH Auxiliary)
· Bariatric Bed
· Four Procedural Stretchers
· Two Over bed Tables for In-Patient Unit
· Five Bedside Cabinets for In-Patient Unit
· One LED Light Source for Operating Room (funded by bequest)
· Tub and Chair Lift with Scale and renovations
· Crib

Some of these items have arrived on site and are already being used by CPH staff and patients, while others are scheduled to arrive in coming months.

The Foundation extends their thanks once again for the continued support of CPH. It is truly wonderful to have such a caring and supportive community.

IMG_0031a emailMichael Fleming, CPH Manager; Annette Whigham, MDRD Supervisor; and Ken Roberts, MDRD Tech, had their picture taken with the recently purchased Ultrasound Probe Sterilization Unit.

IMG_0015a emailPosing with the Scope Buddy are members of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) staff (-r): Michael Fleming, CPH Manager; Annette Whigham, MDRD Supervisor; and Ken Roberts, MDRD Tech.  


Huron Heritage Fund

May 1 is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the Huron Heritage Fund since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Ashfield Historians with their book East Ashfield, 1842-2017, and renovations to Hensall Heritage Hall and Huron Pioneer Threshers Association buildings.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Elizabeth French-Gibson, Senior curator. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at

Suicide Support 

The Huron Hospice Volunteer Service will be running a Support Group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide starting on May 7.

“Six Weeks that will Help the Healing Process” is a program for people to share ideas and strategies on how to cope, to learn how grief due to suicide is unique, to discuss and dispel the myths around suicide.

The cost of the resource material is $35. The sessions will be held at the Sacred Heart School in Wingham, 225 Cornyn St. starting at 7 p.m.

To learn more about this first step to recovery or to register please call 519 441-8833; or Wingham, 519 357-3210 Ext. 5520 or Clinton, 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.

Because although lives are forever changed, healing is possible.

CANWARN training 

The County of Huron is pleased to announce that Environment Canada will be offering a Free CANWARN training session in Clinton on Apr. 25.

CANWARN is the eyes and ears of Environment Canada. It is a volunteer group, made up of people of all ages, who spot and report severe weather. Environment Canada’s meteorologists utilize a variety of tools to detect and track severe thunderstorm activity such as weather radar, satellites and a lightning detection network. However, these systems cannot provide meteorologists a sense of what’s actually happening on the ground. CANWARN spotters can report important information on the size of any hail or damage from the storm. This critical information is an integral part of Environment Canada’s Severe Weather Watch and Warning program.

Become a CANWARN Storm Spotter. The training is free and can help enhance the safety of people in Huron County.

A free-training session will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 25, from 7-9:30 p.m. at the
Central Huron Municipal Building, 23 Albert Street in Clinton.

Please register by contacting Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Geoff Coulson, at







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, a picture of Dr. W.F. and Mrs. Metcalf is highlighted. It was taken around 1910. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB10072 PC) 

PB10072 PC Remember Me 

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



PB10069 PC Dr Metcalf's summer resort residence in Bayfield c1906 - issue 456 

In Issue 456, we feature a photograph of Dr. Metcalf's summer resort residence in Bayfield as it looked in 1906. (Archive's Code: PB10069 PC)

This home at 1 Tuyll St. was built by William Conner in 1836 and purchased by William Metcalf in 1903.


PB10090 PC Remember Me 457 

In Issue 457, we feature an image of Jill Thomas taken on June 26, 1943. Does anyone remember her? (Archive's Code: PB10090 PC)




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Ice storm 2018

Looking back on a wintery spring weekend


IMG_20180409_214734_290Even beauty can be found in stormy weather. (Photo by Hildy Steiner)  

fullsizeoutput_905 Road Closure signs were a normal sight along county roads earlier this week as hydro crews worked to restore power following the ice storm. This sign was situated at the corner of Orchard Line and Union Side Road in Central Huron. The car approaching on the closed road was an OPP. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

So how did you weather the historic Ice Storm of 2018?

Here is how one parent summed it up on Social Media on Monday:

No hydro since noon yesterday...
No school today...
Never ending games of UNO
And, now the hydro is delayed till 11pm tonight...😕
On a good note...glad we have a Woodstove for heat!

The result of that posting was someone stepped up and brought the family a generator that they weren’t using.

And that friends, is how Canadians do winter even when it is supposed to be spring.

According to the Hydro One website, “The storm that started this weekend caused more than two hundred broken poles and downed power lines. Hydro One crews have restored power to more than 300,000 customers but expects customers in parts of the province to be without power overnight and potentially into Wednesday.”

As of 3 p.m. on Apr. 16 Hydro One noted that there were 82,000 customers still without power with 2,700 homes in the Clinton region being the most local area listed.

On the Municipality of Bluewater website, a temporary unplanned road closure was also noted on Apr. 16. Due to fallen trees and hydro related hazards Airport Line from County Rd. 83 to MacDonald Road (near Exeter) is closed until further notice. 

Hydro One has several ways that customers can receive information on power outages. Call 1-800-434-1235, download the free Hydro One power outage app or visit Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages at

Oh, and that family that was coping with the power outage finally got hydro back on Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 5 p.m. 

 fullsizeoutput_907Hydro crews, like this one, were out in full force on Monday repairing damage caused by the ice storm on Apr. 14-15. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

fullsizeoutput_900     A few century old Maples along Orchard Line, south of Bayfield, succumbed to the high winds and pelting ice on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

fullsizeoutput_902Thankfully the ice storm hit before trees were in leaf otherwise the damage to these century old trees could have been far greater. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)


reminders about food safety during a power outage 

If you have experienced a power outage during this weekend’s ice storm, be mindful of food safety. The Huron County Health Unit (HCHU) has the following recommendations for residents.

• Do not open the refrigerator or freezer door unless absolutely necessary in order to maintain the cold temperature. Do not place hot foods in refrigerators.

• A full freezer will keep food frozen for about 48 hours. A freezer that is half full will keep food frozen for about 24 hours.

• An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours.

• If available, add ice to the refrigerator to keep the food at a safe temperature if the power will be out for long periods of time.

• Discard any thawed food that has been at room temperature for two or more hours, and any food that has an obvious unusual color or odor.

• Keep in mind that food contaminated with bacteria does not necessarily smell bad or appear spoiled.

When the power comes back on:

• Check all refrigerators and freezers to ensure they have turned back on.

• Check the internal temperature of perishable foods to ensure they are at a safe temperature (4°C (40°F)) using a sanitized probe thermometer.

• Turn the temperature dial down to the lowest possible setting until the temperature returns to 4°C or lower (refrigerator) and -18°C or lower (freezer). Once the units are maintaining the proper temperature, adjust the temperature dials accordingly.

• As a general rule, if there are ice crystals on the food and the foods are only partially thawed, refreezing may reduce the quality but the food will remain safe to eat.

• If raw food has leaked during thawing, clean and disinfect the areas the food has touched.

Don’t take chances. When in doubt…throw it out!

Huron County has also experienced rainfall as part of this storm.

Heavy rainfall put wells in low-lying, flood-prone areas at risk for contamination from surface runoff. Dug wells, well pits and well casings without a proper seal are most at risk.

The HCHU suggests sampling a well at least three times per year. People should always sample after heavy rainfall and flooding.

UntitledThe area forests weren't immune to the storm either. This picture of a windfall was taken on Sunday, Apr. 14 along Mavis' Trail at Varna. (Photo by Patrick Capper)

IMG_1305Hope springs eternal. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)
 IMG_1313Crocus adds a splash of color to a very bleak weekend. (Photo by Bonnie Sitter)

Emergency Preparedness Kit

(For those 72-hour events – as suggested by Hydro One.)

• Windup or battery-powered flashlight
• Windup or battery-powered radio
• Batteries for your flashlight and radio
• Water (recommend 2 litres per person/day)
• Canned or dried food that won't spoil
• Manual can opener
• Cash and any medical items you require
• Blanket
• Candles and matches
• First Aid Kit
• Portable charger for cell phone






PIXILATED — image of the week

Ice-storm sunset - in colour...

Ice-storm sunset - in color......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


Last night I finally got a chance to watch the final episode of the Rick Mercer Report that aired on Apr. 10. Truth be told I had been putting it off because I knew once I watched it that would be it – no more Rick on Tuesday nights – a staple of our tv viewing for 15 years.

I never got to go to a taping of the show at CBC although that was always something I would have loved to do. The closest I ever got to meeting him in person was through my niece who ended up sitting beside him on a plane traveling from Toronto to Calgary. She shared pleasantries with him and then left him in peace but not before noting that he had practically every Canadian newspaper with him to read – no doubt fodder for comedy material.

In his final weekly rant, he noted that he and his crew had “visited over 500 different locations in Canada. Every province, every territory.” Someone did the math and calculated that he had walked 42 KMs in Graffiti Alley in TO during the course of the series.

I was happy to see that my favorite skit ever made the final reflections. If you haven’t seen Rick Mercer’s Seven Day Forecast – you need to Google it now! It is particularly poignant considering the weekend we just experienced.

Thanks Rick for making it okay for us to laugh at ourselves all these years and keeping our politicians in check in the process. – Melody


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