Bookmark and Share   Apr. 27, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 18 Issue 356


Anyone who thinks that Bayfield is solely a retirement community may want to rethink that! Close to 25 youngsters were in attendance at a recent Tuesday morning Play Group at the Bayfield Public Library. These are just a few of the tots that could be gathered for a photo before they were off having fun with each other again. They were visited by Optimist Mike Dixon who joined Play Group Volunteer Teacher Louise Sygrove (both at centre) in recognition of the Bayfield Optimist Club's donation for craft supplies to run the program. Be sure to check out next week's issue when the antics of the children at Play Group comprise our Photo Story. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

envirothon to take place at windmill lake wake & eco park

Some sports contests stress a battle that may be won by the team that is bigger and physically stronger. The Huron-Perth Regional Envirothon Competition, on the other hand, invites students to compete against each other using their minds and their environmental knowledge.

On April 14, seventy students from seven local secondary schools gathered at a workshop held at Wildwood Conservation Area near St. Marys, ON to train with regional experts in the areas of soils, aquatics, wildlife, and forestry. On Thursday, May 5, those same students will put that learning to the test as they compete to become Envirothon Champions.

Fourteen teams will compete from schools that include Central Huron Secondary School; Goderich District Collegiate Institute; Mitchell District High School; South Huron District High School; St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School; Stratford Central Secondary School; and St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

This year, the Huron-Perth Regional Envirothon Competition takes place at a new location: Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park, near Bayfield. Co-owner and manager of Windmill Lake Jennifer Pate said she is excited to be involved in this year’s competition. Organizers say her combined interest in outdoor recreation; nature education; and environmental stewardship makes the location a great venue for this year’s special topic on aquatic invasive species.

Envirothon is a unique team competition that rewards students for learning about the natural world around them. “This event brings together great minds in environmental understanding and issues management,” said Melissa Prout, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “Students competing in the Envirothon get to be active outdoors, experience nature first-hand, and use their minds as well as their bodies.”

Four eco-stations focus on the Envirothon core topics (Forestry, Soils, Aquatics, and Wildlife). Teams rotate through the various stations and complete questions that test their knowledge and field skills. They must also apply their understanding to solve an environmental scenario. This year, the environmental scenario is about developing a community outreach and monitoring plan, to engage the public in aquatic invasive species awareness and action. Students must present their plan to a panel of expert judges, considering environmental dynamics, communications strategies, and human economics.

The Ontario Envirothon builds environmental awareness and leadership among young people through practical, active educational experiences, enabling youths to make informed, responsible decisions that benefit the Earth and society.

The Huron Perth Envirothon Competition is a one-day event to allow students to expand and test their knowledge and develop their problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking skills in an interactive manner. Each Envirothon team consists of five students who work together to complete the tasks presented to them. The winning team will then go on to compete at the Ontario Provincial Envirothon Championships.

Ausable Bayfield and Upper Thames River conservation authorities lead the event with support both financial and in-kind from the County of Huron; Huron Stewardship Council; Maitland Valley Conservation Authority; Perth Stewardship Network; Royal Canadian Legion – Clinton Branch; B. M. Ross and Associates Ltd.; Stratford Beautification Committee; Clinton Kinsmen; and Forests Ontario.



May 7th is Celebra-tree Day - brought to you by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA).

Celebra-tree Day will consist of a one-day tree-planting extravaganza to reforest the Sawmill Trail that saw its Ash trees devastated in the wake of the Emerald Ash Borer.

All are encouraged to order a tree to be planted along the Sawmill Trail in celebration of a mother (or a father) or in memory of a loved one or to mark a special occasion or just because you love trees!

Five varieties of hard and soft wood trees are available for $50 each but quantities or limited. Orders may be placed in advance online at

Trees will be planted by volunteers who will gather at the Sawmill Trail head on May 7th at 2 p.m. Families and individuals are welcome to volunteer with planting their own Celebra-tree purchased from the BRVTA and to decorate a commemorative wooden medallion to hang on it.

For more information please contact Margaret McBride at 519 565-4067 or Elise Feltrin at 519 565-5852.


The Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPA) is hosting the Bayfield Beer, Wine and Food Festival on May 14.

The festivities will be held at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre from 2-9 p.m.

Organizers note that this event is the first of its kind in the area, promoting local restaurants, wineries and craft breweries. They feel the timing is perfect for such an event with the "sudden" surge in Huron County wineries and breweries. They also feel that it is an ideal opportunity for Huron County to continue to promote their tourism strategic plan, "Food and Drink Strategy".

Admission is $40 per person, which includes 16 sample tickets for food and drink. A $9 option is also available for admission only.

The O'Deadleys will be performing live music during the festival as well.

Restaurant vendors scheduled to participate are The Albion Hotel, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar, The Black Dog Pub and Bistro, The Docks Restaurant & Bar, Drift Bayfield, as well as Goderich restaurants, Pat & Kevins on The Square and West Street Willys, Blyth’s Part II Bistro and Grand Bend’s Smackwater Jacks Restaurant.

Refreshment vendors on tap are Alton Estate Winery, Beaus Brewing, Black Donnelly Brewing, Maelstrom Winery, MacLeans Ales, Forked River Brewing, Raillway City Brewing, Toboggan Brewing & Whitewater Brewing.

Tickets are available on line at or by calling 519 263-3031. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended due to a limited number available.



Forty-three people took part in the Owl Prowl organized by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on the night of Apr. 23 along the Sawmill Trail. (Photo by Roger Lewington)  

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) had a busy Earth Day weekend.

On Saturday night, 43 attended an Owl Prowl on the Sawmill Trail to learn about these amazing birds. Melissa Prout from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) was the special guest of the BRVTA . She gave a lot of information along the trail about different types of owls, their habitats, feeding practices and all about their special abilities.

“To hear an owl hooting on a moonlit night is nothing short of magical. Then to be lucky enough to see one; that’s an experience with nature that one doesn’t soon forget,” she said.

Melissa Prout from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) was the special guest of the BRVTA . She gave a lot of information along the trail about different types of owls, their habitats, feeding practices and all about their special abilities. She also shared her knowledge about the human eye's use of rods and cones by telling a silly pirate story. (Photo by Chris Bowers)

Along the way Prout made several stops where she used an App on her phone, “I Bird”, to play the calls of various owls. The most common on the trail would be the Eastern Screech Owl, however, there are also Great Horned Owls. Unfortunately, no owls responded, however, that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. The Sawmill Trail is great habitat for owls as it is along the Bayfield River and has a mixture of deciduous and cedar trees.

All enjoyed the hike, as it was a wonderful night with a clear sky for viewing stars. A number of Hike Ontario certified hike leaders were on the hike and gave historical and other information on the Sawmill Trail as well.

Friend of the BRVTA, Doreen Lalor kindly served hot chocolate after the hike.

The Sawmill Trail features a range of historical and natural points of interest. Naturalists will enjoy the changing terrain, varied plant life and the telltale signs of abundant wildlife. The trail is 2 KM long, difficulty is level 2 although there is one large hill. It takes approximately 1 hour to hike. Turn east on Old River Road, proceed .5 KM and turn right at Sawmill Road; parking is available.

For more information on other BRVTA trails and upcoming guided hikes go to


DSCF1088 Cycling season is upon us again! As this photo shows Bayfield cycling enthusiasts took to the county roads last summer and they are inviting others who have an interest in cycling to join them this year as part of the Bayfield Cycling Club. They are having a meeting tonight (Apr. 27) at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. They are looking at two levels of cycling as well as planning out some regular routes for cycling this summer including, a 30 km ride in the country and a 10 KM ride in the village. Tentative times for riding are Mondays at 6 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m. For more info email Roger at or call 519 565-2202.  






card cavalcade

The Clinton Public Hospital Auxiliary’s Card Cavalcade will be visiting Bayfield for one fun-filled day of cards and socializing over dessert and coffee.

The date is Apr. 29. A “Bridge Party” will start the day off at 1 p.m. followed by a “Euchre or Pepper or Games Night” at 7 p.m. Both events will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church. Admission is $5 per person.

H.C. Museum

On Apr. 30 all are invited to the Huron County Museum in Goderich to view their two newest exhibits and enjoy light refreshments.

“Stories of Immigration” celebrates both historic and contemporary anecdotes from newcomers to Huron County. This exhibit runs until Oct. 15. And “Home in Huron” commemorates Huron County’s 175th Anniversary with photos from the past to the present. This exhibit is on now until Sept. 12.

Wild Turkey Hunt

A reminder that the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s (BRVTA) Woodland Trail will be temporarily closed from now until May 31 due to the spring Wild Turkey Hunt.

In accordance with the BRVTA’s agreements with their landowner partners, hikers should not use the Woodland Trail during this period.

The Sawmill Trail, Varna Nature Trails , the Naftels and Bannockburn Conservation Areas will all be open during the spring hunt. Hikers should exercise vigilance during this period.

Councilor’s Corner

Due to set up of the Bayfield Lions’ Club Home and Garden Show the monthly Councilor’s Corner held in the Bayfield Community Centre had to be rescheduled until tomorrow night, Apr. 28. The focus of the meeting will be twofold “Water Debenture Decision” and “Water and Waste Fees”.

Bill Whetstone, Bayfield Ward councilor, hosts the evening usually on the third Thursday of every month. He provides an opportunity for people to hear what council has been up to and voice their opinions. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

Garden Club

It is time once again for the Bayfield Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale. This year the date is set for May 7.

Those who attend the event to be held on the south side of Clan Gregor Square in Bayfield should come early for best selection. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or until they are sold out of product.

This is a great opportunity to buy great plants and help support the Bayfield Garden Club’s activities and projects. They will have choice plants, garden artifacts and gardening books for sale. Garden Club memberships will be available as well as an opportunity to chat with other gardeners.

Donations of plant and gardening items are needed to make this sale a success. Gardeners are asked to bring plant and garden donations to the Kales’ residence, at 55 Victoria Street, on May 6 between 6:30-8 p.m. Plants should be in pots and labeled please.

Huron Historical Society

How many people are aware of the plans for an electric railway to run from Goderich north through Port Albert to Kincardine?

At the turn of the twentieth century, the bulk of the rail traffic ran east and west with very little track running north and south in the Province. The plan for a railway was supported by the Town of Goderich and would run along the eastern shore of Lake Huron from Sarnia to Kincardine. It was initially called The Huron, Bruce & Grey Electric Railway. In 1902, John Wilkie Moyes, a promoter from Toronto renamed the corporation, The Ontario West Shore Railway (OWSR) and from that point the story becomes one of intrigue, deceit and theft.

The last remaining evidence of the OWSR is at Sheppardton and can be seen on the east side of Sheppardton Line. The Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) and a group of committed volunteers have rebuilt the culvert bridge and there will be a plaque unveiling at Sheppardton on May 4 to commemorate the OWSR. This will bring to an end the years of work to make this happen. Mac Campbell spearheaded this project with the able work of Jim Martin, foreman, Jim Wallace, Eugene McGee, Art Lazet and Lee Cairncross.

There will be a dinner meeting afterwards at Port Albert Church on London Road were David Yates will put the tale of the OWSR all into perspective.

The unveiling will be at 5:15 p.m. Pre-booking is required for the meal only. Please reserve a seat for dinner with Mac Campbell by calling 519 524-7935. Members and guests are welcome to join all the HCHS meetings.

Archives Room

The Bayfield Heritage Centre and Archives has a summer position available to a keen and enthusiastic student to join other summer staff in wanting to learn about and share Bayfield history.

On-the-job training supplied for conducting heritage walk tours, taking oral histories, assisting with publications and website videos, hosting at the Heritage Centre and digitizing photos and documents.

Interested applicants can email their interest and advise when they can be available for interview to Further information, if required is available by email or by calling 519 440-6206. Applications close May 10.


On May 12, discover the hidden trails in our own backyards.

Enjoy a walk through the Village of Bayfield, starting at 9 a.m. at Clan Gregor Square exploring the unopened road allowances and public right of ways that connect our streets.

This walk will be all on flat terrain, but expect to maintain a brisk pace. Pole walkers are welcome. The hike should last approximately 1 hour.

The hike leader will be Elise Feltrin, 519 565-5852.


Bayfield Urban Poling is offering a free six-week Urban Pole Walking Program starting May 17. Poles will be provided.

The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 Main Street Bayfield starting at 10 a.m.

Instructors will demonstrate the proper technique and go over the benefits of Urban Poling also known as Nordic Walking. This program is perfect for anyone who has never tried Urban Poling or anyone who has been away from it for awhile and would like to get back into it.

Regular Urban Pole Walking sessions continue on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.

On May 5 a spring tune-up will be hosted. Instructors will be stressing proper technique before and during the regular walk.

New this year, on Wednesday’s at 9 a.m. a more challenging and longer walk of up to 10 KM (6 miles) will be offered.

Also new this year the Urban Poling group will partner with the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association on the fourth Thursday of the month to go on their walks.

Linda Reid, Nancy Arthur-Ische, Roberta Stemp, Lynn Girard, Pat Baker and Paula Letheren are the group’s instructors and they are excited to share these opportunities with the community.


So just who was Florence Nightingale?

Those who attend the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) meeting on May 16 will have the opportunity to learn the answer to that question as speaker and author Lynn McDonald will share her vast knowledge of this historical figure at a special evening to be held at the Bayfield Town Hall.

Nightingale is remembered most as being the founder of modern nursing, and less well known for midwifery education, but she also left a broader unsung legacy as an environmentalist, social scientist, reformer, feminist, statistician and general force of nature.

Guest Speaker McDonald may be considered a force of nature in her own right. She has written the definitive 16 vol. “Collective Works of Florence Nightingale” and is a recipient of “The Order of Canada”. As a former MP, McDonald introduced the bill leading to banning smoking in public places and to regulation of tobacco advertising. Co-founder of “Just Earth” a coalition for Environmental Justice she continues her activities for truth, justice and the Canadian way.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. and is free although donations would be appreciated.






Volume 7

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, an exterior image of how one local church looked back in the day. Can anyone guess which one it is? (Archives Code: PB13 31b)

 PB13 31b Remember Me 356

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



 PB13 21b Remember Me 354

In Issue 354, an older lady is captured in this lovely sun-lit image. Does anyone remember her? Records state she was Ann Druin. (Archives Code: PB13 21b)

However, a gentleman named Andy wrote in with these thoughts on the image.

“I'm pretty sure that that is the Gairdner House (corner of Charles and Main Street). I believe the last Gairdner to live there was (I think) Betty Gairdner, so my guess is that is her.

“My family bought that house at auction circa 1973 or so and used it as a summer house for about 15 years. The main tenant there was The Wardrobe, operated by Audrey Marriott and Maggie Bullen. The Wardrobe now operates out of Stratford.”


PB13 25b Remember Me 355 

In Issue 355, a lovely pastoral image that records indicate was taken on Woods’ Farm. (Archives Code: PB13 25b)



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Show feeds home and landscape design creativty as well as the hungry in our community

Over 2,500 people attended the Bayfield Lions’ Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena this past weekend – the highest attendance ever.

For a $5 donation people could get a box of Girl Guide cookie at the show. Pathfinder Laney Hayter, and her sister Brownie Abby, were just a few of the girls kept busy over the weekend. They posted a record in distributing 22.5 cases of cookies - that is 270 boxes. People also paid it forward and a case was donated to the Bayfield Food Bank as well. In case you missed out the girls will be selling cookies at Bayfield Foodland on Saturday, Apr. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lynne Gillian, certified exercise instructor and Roberta Stemp, a certified Urban poling instructor, were in the Bayfield One Care booth on Sunday morning.

Serving up delicious food at the lunch booth on Sunday morning were volunteers l to r: Pat Pal, Penny Overboe, Linda Cox, Kathy Vance, Nellie Vanbakel and Jane Rowat.

Everyone who spun the wheel at the Hay Mutual Insurance booth won a prize. Handing out the prizes was Ashley Phillips (right).

Meinen Custom Homes had a very contemporary look to their display.



Over 2,500 people attended the Bayfield Lions’ Home and Garden Show at the Bayfield Arena this past weekend – the highest attendance ever.

The show had 65 commercial exhibitors showing their newest products and technologies. Also, 15 local service and interest groups had tables to provide information on their activities and to solicit new members. The arena was packed to capacity.

Essex the Wonder Dog, our local Guide Dog “puppy in training” stole the show, with his master Lion Tom Grasby collecting hundreds of dollars for the Guide Dog program. Essex, just 17 weeks old, dazzled visitors with his newest feats of sitting, lying down, and backing up on command.

Donations of food items to the local food bank filled seven shopping carts. There was also over $500 in cash donations. Trinity Anglican Church, which runs the Bayfield Food Bank, also known as “Feed My Sheep”, is very appreciative to all the donors for their generosity.

Terry Boa-Youmatoff, Bayfield Food Bank – Feed My Sheep coordinator said, “The Bayfield Food Bank, Feed My Sheep, would like to thank the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the community for the many contributions made at the Home and Garden Show to support our outreach program to help those struggling to meet their food needs in our area. It is most appreciated. Thank-you!”

On Saturday, 104.9 The Beach broadcast directly from the Show holding many interviews with exhibitors, local clubs and visitors. The face-painting booth, next to The Beach, was overrun with kids. The members of Bayfield Guiding were voted the best [and cutest] sales representatives for their record sales of cookies – 22.5 cases, including, one case donated to the food bank by visitors to the show that paid it forward. The Food Court was a hive of activity – serving delicious lunches, snacks and beverages.

All attendees entered the free draw for 14 Door Prizes. The Barbeque, donated by Bayfield Garage, was won by Bernie and Daisy O’Neil from Five Seasons just north of Bayfield. The eight $50 gift certificates, donated by Royal LePage/Heartland Realty, went to lucky winners from Bayfield, Clinton, Dashwood, Goderich, Zurich and Exeter. Winners of the five gift baskets and food vouchers, donated by Bayfield Foodland, were from Goderich, Bayfield and Seaforth.

Bayfield Lions, who organized the Home and Garden Show, want to thank all the exhibitors and volunteers who participated and made the event a success. The Lions also want to remind the public of the upcoming Annual Lions Breakfast on Sunday, May 22 [Victoria Day weekend] and the Lions Walk to raise money for Guide Dogs coming up on Sunday, June 4th. Watch for announcements in the Bayfield Breeze.

Nature's Choice Landscaping Services had a striking Bonsai tree in their display

Huron Ridge Acres always inspires and folks can enjoy the colors of spring even more at their upcoming Open House, Apr. 29 to May 1.  





PIXILATED — image of the week

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On Apr. 16 a real community building event happened when everyone rallied around Wayne McDougall and Paula Foley, co-owners of Renegades Diner, whose business was damaged by flooding during a storm at the end of March. The business will be closed for a number of weeks for renovations but many people came together to show their support both emotionally and financially raising $10,000 to help reopen the doors. The following is Part I of a list of event donors. Next issue Part II. Thank you to all!  (It is normally the policy of the Bayfield Breeze not to run these lists but considering the exceptional nature of this event an exception has been made. - Melody, editor) 

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. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


If all goes according to plan, as you read this, we should have embarked on a great adventure of trains, planes, automobiles and just to one up John Candy – boats!

This is our 25th wedding anniversary YEAR. Why celebrate for just one day? And so we decided to do a few things we’ve always dreamed of doing. For me a train trip across western Canada. For hubby an Alaskan cruise. For me a “dog-sled” experience. For him crab fishing on a vessel from the television show, “Deadliest Catch.” For me a tour of the Columbian Icefield and for him a drive through the Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary to show me his boyhood stomping grounds. And for both of us a chance to visit with the couple that introduced my parents to each other and who were a big part of our wedding celebration those two and half decades ago before we fly home.

Thanks so much to everyone for their well wishes leading up to this trip and to all those who met deadlines for the next two hiatus Bayfield Breeze issues that are now all set and waiting to be launched. Our next live issue will be published on May 18. The deadline for submissions is May 15 at 4 p.m. – 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 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
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Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder