Bookmark and Share   June 15, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 25 Issue 363

Agricultural society hosts miniature horse show 

Pint size horses will strut their stuff at the Huron Reach Centre in Clinton on June 18 as part of the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) Sanctioned Show. (Submitted photos)  

Pint size horses will strut their stuff at the Huron Reach Centre in Clinton on June 18 as part of the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) Sanctioned Show.

The public is encouraged to come out and watch the horses and their handlers compete in this family-friendly, free event starting at 8 a.m.

The horses competing in this “points” show are all 38 inches and under. The horses compete in classes, and at this show there will be two judges who grade them in the points system. Then they are placed up to sixth for ribbons.

They are judged for confirmation and performance. This show has 125 classes, including: youth, halter, amateur, and driving. There are also COOL classes. This class stands for Conquering Obstacles Overcoming Limitations. And there are even fun classes like jumping, liberty and obstacle.

Halter classes are broken down into categories, starting by sex – mares, stallions and geldings, then it’s divided even further by ages - foals, two year-olds, and three and over. This allows the judges to see horses in their own group and age to judge them more fairly.

The horses competing in this “points” show are all 38 inches and under.  

“With that being said this show can go very late, last year which was our very first show went till well past 2 a.m.,” said Liz Elliott, one of the organizers. “We offer amateur classes that allow people who do not train for others to compete in this class. You need to have an amateur card that you apply for via the AMHR registry. Youth classes are broken down again via age groups and again you must have a youth card to compete in these classes.”

People come from all over the area to show at this event. Some travel up to five hours one-way.

This show has 125 classes, including: youth, halter, amateur, and driving. There are also COOL classes. This class stands for Conquering Obstacles Overcoming Limitations. And there are even fun classes like jumping, liberty and obstacle.

“Huron Reach is an awesome spot to host this show. They rent out stalls for those who are traveling distance, and this allows them to spend the weekend. Horses will start arriving late afternoon on June 17 and some won’t leave till Sunday morning,” said Elliott. “So come on out, spend an hour or two just relaxing in the stands and watch what these wee horses can do.”

Brabender Nearly retired 

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Ann Brabender, administrator at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) since the centre’s initiation eight years ago spoke to those gathered at her retirement send-off party held at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend recently. (Submitted photo)  

Ann Brabender, administrator at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) since the centre’s initiation eight years ago is retiring. BAFHT doctors, staff and Board members met recently at the Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend, for an emotional send-off party.

But not so fast – Brabender has agreed to stay on while her replacement, Teresa Barresi, the new Executive Director, settles in, and she will also help the BAFHT Fundraising Committee with efforts to bring in the additional $600,000 needed to complete the expansion of the medical centre which is planned for completion early next year.

Such is the passion and enthusiasm Brabender has for the expansion project and her energy is much appreciated by all involved with the BAFHT.

Brabender has been with the team since the centre was started in 2008. In the following eight years, the number of patients with the BAFHT has risen from 1,680 to 4,150 today, with a target of 5,340 rostered patients within the next year or so.

When the clinic moved to the centre of town in the building once occupied by Hay Mutual Insurance, there were two physicians and one allied health professional. Today, the building accommodates three full-time physicians with a fourth joining the team in September, and four full-time allied health professionals.

The new facility will have space available for the BAFHT to partner with other health care agencies and will offer specific programs for the community. BAFHT programs have surpassed the provincial average and the clinic has never been in a deficit position since it began.

Brabender said, “The BAFHT may be small in terms of personnel, but a dedicated staff and Board have built a rural community health centre of which everyone can be extremely proud.”

Celebrate summer with strawberries, picnic and games 

On June 24, the Bayfield Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual Strawberry Social in Clan Gregor Square.

Strawberry Shortcakes will be available to purchase from Market staff for $5 each from 3-7 p.m.

New this year, the Farmers’ Market will be adding a family picnic. This event is completely free and all are welcome. Participants are invited to bring their own picnic or purchase wares from the Market vendors and enjoy a beautiful al fresco dining experience in the area adjacent to the Farmers’ Market. Participants will be able to relax and enjoy music, classic board games and lawn games all afternoon and from 4-6:30 p.m. there will be organized activities for kids and families including coffee sack races, egg and spoon relays and more! Have the kids bring a suit and a towel – the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad will be running. The games will be hosted by the Optimist Club of Bayfield. 

The Farmers’ Market is also proud to announce that as of 2016 they are officially a “Green” Market. All activities at this event and all future events will utilize sustainable decor, locally sourced vendors and wares and of course there will be no plastic water bottles in sight.

NJS Design Event & Party Rentals, of Clinton, and the Little Shed Flower Company, of Varna, will provide sustainable décor for the picnic. Shopbike Coffee Roasters, of Bayfield, will supply the coffee sacks for the races.

The new Farmers’ Market eco shopping bags will also be available to purchase. Large bags are $25 and small bags are $12. All proceeds from the sales will go directly to Market operations.

"Ashwood untapped" gives stage to undiscovered talents 

Serena Rutledge

Starting on June 26, The Ashwood Bourbon Bar will begin a fun summer series affectionately called, “Ashwood Untapped”. The first performer on the docket is Serena Rutledge, of Kindcardine.

The free afternoon concerts being held on Sundays from 3-5 p.m. will feature artists who are relatively undiscovered.

“We are giving them the stage to get some experience and help expose their talent to a broader audience. We have eight Sunday's filled already with some amazingly talented young artists,” said Kirsten Harrett, owner of The Ashwood Inn.

According to her bio, Rutledge has been playing the piano and singing since the age of four. Just over a decade later, at 15, she has already performed at many festivals, talent showcases, local charity fundraisers, and many different restaurants and cafes.

She says performing live is one of her favorite parts about pursuing music because of the feedback and interaction with audiences when they hear her original music. Rutledge wrote her first song at the age of 11 and song writing has become her favorite aspect of her career. She enjoys the ability to express herself and tell stories through the lyrics of her songs, and strives constantly to improve as a musician and songwriter.

Rutledge was a Honey Jam Canada artist throughout the year of 2015, participating in a Canada-wide showcase where 15 female artists were chosen to perform at a single event in Toronto in the month of August. She was a semi-finalist in Hidden Talent Toronto and The Long and McQuade Singing Contest, both in the year of 2013. Serena won the Rise 2 Fame competition at Bayfield, Ontario's Community Fair, two times (2012 & 2013) and she placed third in London Western Fair's Rise 2 Fame competition finals in 2013.

In her own words, she said, “I don’t have an end goal as far as how many records I want to sell or whether or not I sign with a huge record label. The only goal I have to focus on is to be a role model for someone who needs one. I want to inspire others, young and old, to never give up on something they want so badly, and I want to let the world know that having confidence in yourself and what you can do is beautiful. Whether I get that message through to one person or millions of people is not important to me, and I don’t plan on ever letting it be.”

"Ashwood Untapped" is presented by LP productions, Studio C and The Ashwood.

Volunteer to convene electrical at sale needed 

Friday, July 8 is the date for the 69th Annual Pioneer Park Rummage Sale, perhaps one of the longest running sales of its kind in North America!

The funds collected from the Rummage Sale will be used for the ongoing needs and upgrades to the many park projects. Once again this event will be held at the Bayfield Arena from 7-9 p.m. with the “outside” sale beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Donations are now being accepted. Large and small items will be accepted. But please note that clothing, shoes, magazines, textbooks, televisions, large appliances, building materials, mattresses or soiled or broken items will not be accepted. All baby items as well as electrical and sports equipment must be CSA approved.

Organizers are currently looking for volunteers, high school students encouraged as well, to sort donations, if interested contact Jennifer Allan at 519 565-2711. An hour of your time will make a huge difference to our park. Or call Pattie MacDonald at 519 565-2712 if you have any questions or wish to volunteer at the sale. Just one hour of time donated will make a huge difference to the park.

The committee is also looking for a volunteer to convene the Electrical Department. They would also like to remind their table conveners that they should be calling their volunteers now in preparation for the sale. New volunteers are always welcome as there are always spots to fill.

Pat and Ron Reder, owners of Bayfield Marine Services, have once again very generously donated storage space in their boat storage Quonset huts on Highway 21 (76614 Bluewater Hwy north of Bayfield on the right hand side) to store items prior to the sale. It will be open to accept drop offs on: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Anyone who wishes to volunteer at the Quonset Huts on Wednesdays or Saturdays is also encouraged to call.

Anyone who has items to donate can also drop them off at the Bayfield Arena on Thursday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone who requires a pick-up of items, this will happen on the Thursday or Friday only, can call Pattie MacDonald at the number listed above

For all other inquiries people may call Rummage Sale Convener Jennifer Allan at 519 441-1649 or email her at

Pioneer Park is a privately owned, public park. The association depends on the help of the very generous residents of Bayfield, permanent residents and summer cottagers alike, to keep this very special park functioning. All are invited to become a member of this unique organization by purchasing a membership.

Staging Our Histories happening this October 

Staging Our Histories is now accepting original submissions from local actors, musicians, storytellers, dancers, filmmakers, digital artists, animators and poets for a one-of-a-kind performing arts event happening at Goderich’s Livery Theatre this October. Taking the past off the page and onto the stage, “Staging Our Histories: Unharvested Histories” will be a showcase for artists of different styles, backgrounds and perspectives.

Founded by a group of three young history professionals, Staging Our Histories debuted with a highly successful night of live performances in 2015 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Co-director Marie-Anne Gagnon explained, “Performing history on the stage or screen brings it to life in a very real way. Different truths can be accessed through performance, as well as a more emotional understanding of our roots, our identity and our diversity.”

The theme of the 2016 edition in Goderich, “Unharvested Histories," spotlights the lesser-heard histories that matter to the people of rural Ontario, shared through an inclusive program of short performances across diverse mediums.

For artists, Staging Our Histories provides a platform to share vibrant histories that are best told off the page.

Co-Director and co-organizer Sinead Cox said the 2016 theme reflects the gaps in existing representations of the past. “‘Unharvested Histories’ can be stories that were never written down, or maybe fresh perspectives on the history that we think we know. There are still so many experiences that seem to be missing from traditional rural histories in the museum or the classroom, whether that’s First Nations voices, LGBTQ voices, newcomer voices or the voices of seasonal laborers.”

Fellow co-director Arpita Bajpeyi emphasized the power of performance in creating an understanding between artists and audience that brings those stories to life. “We hope that these pieces help to start or further dialogues about how our shared and interconnected histories affect us today.”

Professional, emerging and student artists are invited to submit their ‘Unharvested Histories’ to by June 27. Pieces can be live, recorded, digitally created or a combination thereof. Detailed submission guidelines for proposals are available on Staging Our Histories' website:

Working in partnership with the Livery Theatre/Goderich Little Theatre and the Huron Arts and Heritage Network, “Unharvested Histories” will be on the Livery Stage Oct. 15th. Complementary interactive workshops and screenings are scheduled during the preceding week and that weekend.

In memoriam 

Elliott left his mark 

John Elliott

The community will no doubt be saddened to learn that a Bayfield native, who spent his vacations at the family home in the village has died. John Elliott passed away peacefully at Guelph General Hospital, Guelph on June 9 at the age of 87.

During his residence in the village, Elliott was very involved with the Bayfield Agricultural Society, as treasurer; a Past President of the Pioneer Park Association and a member of the Bayfield Optimist Club.

Loretta (Sosnoski), his wife and best friend, whom he married in 1951 survives him. As does his three children James (Pam), Nancy and Susan (Sam). He was the loving grandfather to four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His mother Minnie (Meeks) and father William predeceased him.

A funeral was has held on June 13 at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, in Waterloo, ON. Interment will be in Bayfield Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer Society or the Pioneer Park Association, Bayfield, Ont., may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519 745-8445.

Inter-generational hike enjoyed on Mavis' trail 


The weather was perfect for this truly inter-generational event.  

Although windy at the lake, the walk along Mavis’ Trail was sheltered and enjoyed by all participants.

This past Sunday, June 12, there was another Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) hike on the beautiful woodsy Mavis’ Trail and the adjoining wheel chair accessible Taylor Trail .

The weather was perfect for this truly inter-generational event. Although windy at the lake, the walk along Mavis’ Trail was sheltered and enjoyed by all participants. It was a prime time to see some amazing wild phlox and daisies along the trail.

BRVTA holds guided hikes twice a month: the second Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. and the fourth Thursday morning at 9 a.m.. The next hike will take place at Naftel’s Creek Conservation area; half way between Bayfield and Goderich on Highway 21 on June 23. All are welcome.

It was a prime time to see some amazing daisies along the trail.  


The Blyth Festival Singers celebrated the end of their 35th season as a community choir at their Cabaret on May 28. Seven of their charter members who started in the fledgling choir in 1980 were present at the event. They are l-r: George Ribey, Don McCaffrey, Inge Wraith, Joan Perrie, Yvonne Martin, Bill Farnell, and Linda McGregor. The choir's last performance of the season will be a free pre-theatre concert at the Grand Opening of the Blyth Festival Theatre season June 17. (Submitted photo)  



Bluewater  in brief


Rental rates for Canada Post will jump from a dollar a year to $2,000 a year for the space it rents for mail boxes located in the Bayfield Library building located on the village’s Main Street.

More than a month ago Canada Post tried to renew its dollar-a-year lease for 10 more years. Deputy-Mayor Jim Fergusson asked Bluewater council not to renew the lease until costs for hydro, heat and cleaning were calculated by municipal staff.

Last week council learned the costs were $2,662 a year. Councillor Dave Roy convinced council it should charge $2,000 for five years.

The dollar-year lease originated 10 years ago when all Canada Post services were included in a Post Office on Main Street.

Fergusson later explained, “The merchants on Main Street felt all mail services concentrated in one location were a magnate for merchants. When the Post Office separated its boxes and the mailing services a few years ago the magnet that worked for the merchants became broken.”


More than 330 homes, cottages and some farm buildings between Bayfield and Grand Bend are being threatened by erosion along the Lake Huron shoreline.

The threat was explained to Bluewater Council by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) last week.

High lake water smashing against the shoreline cliffs can be expected to cause more damage in future years. ABCA expects warmer winters will increase the problem because the lake will remain open during the heavy winds of winter.

Barriers now being used along the beach won’t stop the erosion, an ABCA spokesperson explained. Many of the existing barriers will increase the erosion because it will divert the natural flow of the lake water.

ABCA asked council to invest in consultants to help evaluate the extent of the problem. Councillors John Gillespie and George Irvine called ABCA ‘s request premature. They urged ABCA to deal with individual property owners before hiring consultants. The two councillors felt ABCA should first answer property owners’ questions and concerns. The majority of council agreed.

Handbags for Hospice

Women are invited to the ultimate ladies’ night when Huron Hospice Volunteer Service presents the power of the purse gala event, “Handbags for Hospice”.

This evening sponsored by Realty Executives will be held on June 23 at the Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton.

The highlight of the event being held from 7-10 p.m. will be a charity purse auction featuring fashion and designer handbags as well as other accessories.

Attendees can also indulge in desserts provided by The Black Dog Pub and Bistro of Bayfield and a cash bar.

Tickets are available now for $40 per person from or for more information contact 519 482-3440 Ext. 6300.

Decoration Day

The annual Bayfield Cemetery Decoration Day Service will be held Sunday, June 26 and will be led by Rev. John Henderson of Knox Presbyterian Church.

Weather permitting the service will be held outdoors beginning at 2 p.m. It will be held near the chapel so those who attend are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the service will move inside the chapel.

Historical Society


Members and guests of the Bayfield Historical Society will enjoy a tour and tasting event at the newly constructed Stone House Brewery Co., on the Parr Line just north of the Hamlet of Varna on June 27.

Host and owner, Mike Corrie will explain why and how he became a Brewmaster and how he set up his new enterprise. At this meeting that will begin at 7 p.m. he will also provide a guided tour of the premises located at 76050 Parr Line and offer a beer sampling. He will also explain what a growler is.

For more information about the brewery visit their website at People requiring additional information can email or call 519 440-6206.

Sponsor a Planter

A donation of $75 covers all the extra costs and will be recognized by acknowledgement on the planter. (Submitted photo)  

The Bluewater Blooms Committee is offering the chance to sponsor a flower planter on your community’s Main Street.

In past years, flowers were watered until Labour Day and removed from the street before the end of September. This year the Committee has planned to extend the watering schedule all the way to Thanksgiving and needs financial support to cover the additional watering and maintenance schedule. A donation of $75 covers all the extra costs and will be recognized by acknowledgement on the planter.

To adopt a planter please call the Municipality of Bluewater at 519 236-4351 Ext 236 and speak to Nellie Evans. 

Library friends

Local youth ages eight and up will have the opportunity to “Create their Own Fairy Garden” at a Bayfield Public Library event on July 2.

The creativity will flow from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Friends of Bayfield Library (FOBL) have invited Jennifer Shelleau to offer a workshop that provides children the opportunity to participate in creative play while adding a touch of fairy dust. All materials are provided.

Space is limited so participants must pre-register at the library desk or call the library at 519 565-2886.

kintail on the road 

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will be hosting Kintail on the Road for the seventh year starting on July 6.

This Christian Day Camp will then run every Wednesday until Aug. 24. The day- long schedule includes games, songs and faith driven activities for the children of the community.

Those people with children interested in participating should call Knox Church and leave a message. The number is 519 565-2913. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with lunch and snacks provided. Youngsters who have graduated JK through to Grade 6 are welcome. The cost is $5 per day per child or $7 for two or more children.


Every Run4Kids event the winners in every division of the run receive a photo plaque. This year organizers, Virtual High School and the Bayfield Optimist Club, have decided to hold a photo contest to involve the community in determining what image will grace the 2016 plaque.

The image should reflect the nature of the Run4Kids as well as the organization that benefits from the event, Make-A-Wish. And although there should be children in the photograph they should not be easily identifiable. 

Large file images should be emailed to Jackie.loebach@

There is no prize for the picture chosen, just bragging rights to help support the cause.

County Gaol

Huron County’s only designated National Historic Site, the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich was in use as the county jail from 1841 until 1972. The building houses over 130 years of history, but it can’t always speak for itself. That’s why Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol staff members are looking for individuals that remember life at the Gaol and the attached Governor’s House before its closure.

Former staff, visitors, guests, and their families and friends are invited to tell us more about day-to-day life at the Gaol in the twentieth century. No story from the Gaol or Governor’s House is insignificant, the project welcomes any reminiscences that provide insight about the daily routine at the Gaol, and the experience of those who lived, worked and stayed on site. More than forty years after its closure, memories of the jail may be fading, and we want to preserve the valuable knowledge of community-members who remember the space.

Anyone who knows someone who remembers the jail prior to 1972 please call or email the Huron Historic Gaol (519 524-6971) to arrange a meeting. Summer Student Mac Bonnett will conduct oral interviews with interested parties. Requests for anonymity will be honored, and the release of any sensitive or confidential information will be delayed.

The Huron County Historical Gaol is located at 181 Victoria St. North (Hwy. 21). Mackenzie Bonnett, Museum assistant, can be reached Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 519 524-6971 or by emailing

Quilters Guild

The Bayfield Sunshine Coast Quilters Guild is holding a special event with dessert, coffee and a speaker on June 21 and all are invited to attend.

Patti Carey, vice-president of Public Relations for Northcott, will be the guest speaker.

The cost for the afternoon is $5 per person. The event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church.

For more information call Kathleen at 519 565-2479 or email

Foodgrains Bank 

Choir singers from across Huron County will come together on June 25 to sing in support of small-scale farmers in developing countries who struggle to grow enough food to feed their families.

Funds raised will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to be used in the work of ending global hunger and helping farm families grow more and better food.

Performing at the concert are the choirs of Huron Shores United Church, Grand Bend; Brucefield Community United Church, Brucefield; Lakeshore United Church, Goderich and St. Andrew’s United Church, Bayfield.

The Bayfield event is one of about 70 similar concerts across Canada this Spring, all being offered to benefit the work of Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The program features the original music of Ron Klusmeier.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Church at 6 The Square, Bayfield.

There is no admission fee for the concert, but donation envelopes will be available at the door. One hundred per cent of contributions received will be forwarded directly to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Furthermore, donations made at the concert will be amplified by additional financial support from the Government of Canada, through Global Affairs Canada.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. In the 2013-14 budget year, the Foodgrains Bank provided $42 million of assistance for 1.2 million people in 42 countries. Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects are undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.

Climate Change Town Hall

The Federal Government is reaching out to community groups to hold conversations and to share ideas on how to address climate change.

The first Huron-Bruce “Climate Change – Town Hall” event will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on June 23 from 7-9 p.m. Allan Thompson, the Communications chair for the Huron-Bruce Federal Liberal Association, will chair the event.

Come and hear brief presentations, then share views on the impact of climate change and solutions you’d like to see, plus offer ideas for how we can grow the economy while also reducing emissions and promoting innovation and new technologies. Input from the meeting will be delivered to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The event is free, but space is limited so please register online ahead of time at


Ontario Nature will host a Bioblitz at its George G. Newton Nature Reserve on June 25.

The George G. Newton Nature Reserve is located on Kitchigami Road in Central Huron. Ontario Nature will be hosting this all-ages event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Perched upon the rolling Wyoming Moraine, not far inland from Lake Huron, this reserve was once a farm until it was donated to Ontario Nature. The trail system through the reserve takes us through a forested ravine and old farm fields, and offers a compelling example of ecological farmland restoration.

During the Bioblitz, participants will try to identify local flora and fauna on the property. In addition, participants can talk with one of Ontario Nature’s expert biologists who specialize in identifying reptiles, amphibians, plants and birds.

Ontario Nature will be hosting this all-ages event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A free brown bag lunch will be served at noon.

Those interested in attending can register for the event by visiting Ontario Nature’s event calendar,
Please find attached a poster with event details.

This event is possible thanks to generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

breakfast on the farm 

During the last few days everything is being washed and cleaned by the needed rains at the site of the Breakfast on the Farm event. A country breakfast will begin the day on July 2 at the Steenbeek Dairy Farms, East of Varna.

Tours, of the dairy operation with a milking herd of 300, will be regularly taking visitors through the modern barn. This takes place from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Visitors are restricted from smoking and bringing pets on the farm and encouraged to wear shoes or running shoes for the tour. There will be lots of time to ask questions for this rare privilege of touring a dairy farm.

Tickets are available at Stonefield Garden Centre and can be ordered online by contacting There are a limited number of tickets available so it is recommended that the tickets be purchased in advance. Volunteers are always welcome and should contact the Bayfield Agricultural Society through its website.

Learn more about this productive rural community in which we live by taking part in this new event for this area – Breakfast on the Farm.

Antique Show

Antique experts Pat McKaig and Tim Saunders both of Bayfield will be vendors at the Antique Show and Sale to be held on June 19 held at Bisback’s Farm.

There will be over 24 dealers, collectors and pickers setting up along the lane under the trees at the farm located halfway between Hensall and Exeter on Hwy. 4.

This is the third year for this event that showcases dealers selling genuine antiques and vintage items that are over 50 yrs old.

Admission is free but a donation to the Exeter Optimists who sponsor the Exeter Venturers would be gratefully accepted. Last year over $1,800 was raised which assisted the Scouts in attending Jamboree.

The show runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. There are two parking lots available so visitors are asked not park on the highway as it will be under construction this Spring.







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, we feature an image that was taken by London Free Press photographer Ed Heal in 1985 of a prominent Bayfield merchant. Does anyone recognize him? (Archives Code: PB12 15)  

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



 PB12 16B Remember Me 361

In Issue 361, two of the community's favorite librarians in 1985. Can you name them? (Archives Code: PB12 16B)

Jackie Weston Thompson got in touch to say that the lady on the left was her mother Maude Weston with the recently retired Anny Johnston.


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In Issue 362, we highlight two Bayfield residents searching through archival issues of the Clinton News-Record. Does anyone remember them? (Archives Code: PB12 16a)

Notes with the photograph identify them as Vina Parker and Ethel Poth.




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The sold-out performance also featured a nine-foot grand piano at centre stage (it actually took up most of the stage).

Those lucky enough to hold tickets enjoyed a magical concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on June 11, when The Aldeburgh Connection made a return appearance.

James Westman grew up on a farm in the area, spent summers in Bayfield, and has performed with the Aldeburgh Connection here before.

The Aldeburgh Connection made a return appearance on June 12 to the Bayfield Town Hall. The concert featured Baritone James Westman (centre) who joined the piano-duo, Bayfield’s own Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata


Those lucky enough to hold tickets enjoyed a magical concert at the Bayfield Town Hall on June 11, when The Aldeburgh Connection made a return appearance. Baritone James Westman joined the piano-duo, Bayfield’s own Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata.

The sold-out performance also featured a nine-foot grand piano at centre stage (it actually took up most of the stage). Getting it from London to Bayfield, and then into the Town Hall and onto the stage, presented challenges, but the beautiful instrument enhanced the performance.

The Aldeburgh Connection last performed in Bayfield four years ago, at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. They returned in time for her 90th birthday celebrations, and performed some of the same music in her honor.  

The Aldeburgh Connection last performed in Bayfield four years ago, at the time of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. They returned in time for her 90th birthday celebrations, and performed some of the same music in her honor. In addition, the audience enjoyed the world premiere of “Summer on Lake Winnipeg”, written especially for Ralls and Ubukata by their friend, Winnipeg native, John Greer.

Westman grew up on a farm in the area, spent summers in Bayfield, and has performed with the Aldeburgh Connection here before. Now based in Stratford, he is one of today’s leading Verdi baritones and will play the leading role of Sir John A. Macdonald in the Canadian Opera company’s new production of Louis Real. In his final encore, his stunning rendition of “Some Enchanted Evening” awed the audience.

The Board of Directors for the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society offers thanks to Ralls, Ubukata and Westman for donating their time, an incredible gift to the Town Hall. Sponsors included OLG and D&S Pianos, whose donations to the concert were greatly appreciated. Plus, thank you to “The Piano Movers”, including DM Lawyers and Greg Stewart, whose generosity helped defray the cost of bringing the piano to Bayfield.



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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


So I golfed in a tournament on the weekend. The last time I did so was about 25 years ago when Signal-Star Publishing had an annual company tournament. I don’t remember much about the actual game play. I recall watching a foursome from the composing room at the hole adjacent my group pitching their golf balls to see who could throw them the furthest because using their clubs just wasn’t working for them.

I remember that the owner of our newspaper chain, at that time the company was owned by the St. Catherine’s Standard group, barbecued my steak for me. And I also recall winning a brown beaded seat cover as my prize!

Flash forward two and a half decades to Saturday when I took part in the Bayfield Optimist Club’s fundraising tournament at Bayview Golf Club. This too was a best ball scenario and I tried to channel my five year-old grandson’s philosophy of sport. When trying an activity he often repeats, “I’m really good at this” - even as he is falling off his scooter.

And I have to say going with the flow was beneficial to my game. We actually used three of my drives to play off of when the group was only tasked to use two. I’d like to thank my very patient teammates and also the Optimists for running a stellar tournament that ran on time to the “t”! The Bayview course is quite beautiful and rather intimidating in a couple of places but I really enjoyed being out amongst the mature trees, singing birds, warm sunshine and I delighted in the camaraderie of the other golfers.

Not sure if golf is my game but I’m pretty sure this experience confirmed that I won’t be waiting another 25 years before I try it again. – Melody


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder