Bookmark and Share   June 22, 2016   Vol. 7 Week 26 Issue 364

photographer gets  below the surface with his images


Dave Sandford, a world renowned professional photographer will be making a photographic presentation of some of his award winning photos at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 7. The event will be hosted by the Photography Club of Bayfield and is a fundraiser for the Bayfield Food Bank. (Photo submitted)  

Dave Sandford, a world renowned professional photographer based in London, ON, will be making a photographic presentation of some of his award winning photos at the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 7. This presentation, sponsored by the Photography Cub of Bayfield, will be open to the general public and admission is by cash donation to the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep).

Although much of his work over the last 19 years has focused on professional sports having worked extensively with the NHL, Hockey Hall of Fame, Winter Olympics, NFL Super Bowl, Major League Baseball and the NBA, on July 7 he will be showing some of his more emotionally engaging nature shots.

His passion for photography was born from a love of nature and wildlife and his earliest attempts at photography, as a child and into his teen years, were of birds, critters and beautiful Canadian landscapes.

Over the past two years, his nature photography has taken him into the frigid waters of Lake Erie where he tackled the challenge of “the Gales of November” as well as a world away to the surf breaks off the southeast coast of Australia. This past year, he has ventured below the surface of the Indian Ocean for the thrill of a lifetime; cage diving to shoot Great White sharks.

It is some of these amazing water-based photos that he will be showing us in Bayfield and sharing some of the secrets that go into capturing them. These will include photos of waves on stormy Lake Erie that he has described as “Liquid Mountains” as well as some of his incredible surfing and shark photos from warmer climes.

His work has been featured all over the world and his photos are in high demand. For a better look at his work Go to for a closer look at his work.

According to organizers, opportunities to see Sandford in person are hard to come by and Bayfield is lucky to have him visit. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. 

Yates and Gauthier take to the town hall stage 

Ken Yates

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) will play host to two award wining singer-songwriters on the evening of July 9 as Ken Yates and opening act Deni Gauthier take to the stage.

This evening of music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ken Yates, of Toronto, received the 2014 Colleen Peterson Award from The Ontario Arts Council for his song “The One That Got Away”. Born and Raised in London, ON, he moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music. It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first album, “The Backseat EP”.

Yates’ songwriting ability started getting noticed right away, including attention from John Mayer, who posted a full page Blog about Yates’ ability as a writer stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”.

In 2013 he released his first full-length album “twenty-three” with US record label Mishara Music.

Deni Gauthier  

Deni Gauthier is known for his lush but understated songwriting and singing style. He makes effective use of his looping station, as well as ambient guitar noises that add texture to his often, haunting melodies. Like his other CDs, his most recent, “Passenger” is an ode to beauty and restraint, with insightful lyrics drawn from real experience. It was self-produced in Gauthier’s St. Thomas, ON studio.

Gauthier’s previous full-length CDs include: “Quiet Town” (2014), “i (am) hope” (2012), and “Man About Town” (2011). His songs have been played frequently on CBC Radio 1, and singles including “Into the West” and “All I Really Want” have reached Top 10 status on radio stations across Canada. He has been nominated for several awards, including the prestigious 2016 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Contemporary Singer/Songwriter category.

Before the concert, those who attend can check out both performers on You Tube, and then come out to see them live at the Town Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Mark Edmunds at 519 521-2994 or Sandy Scotchmer at 519 565-2830, or through Ticketscene. The BTHHS thanks OLG for their sponsorship of this special concert.

dixon makes a big difference 

Mike Dixon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron recently held their Annual Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser to support youth services and Mike Dixon, of Bayfield, a previous Big Brother, made a big difference.

Dixon sponsored a Little Sister in the Bayfield area, and he and Little Sister Maddison, raised over $750 for youth services. Due to Dixon’s commitment to youth, Little Sister Maddison won the Bowl For Kids Sake prize for the highest dollar pledge and there were smiles all around. Big Brothers Big Sisters wishes to acknowledge Mike Dixon's generosity and thank all donors and sponsors in Bayfield for their support.

Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to make a difference in the lives of area youth ages six to 18 years through its Big/Little Mentoring Program, Child Safety and Group Recreational Programming. The agency builds futures for youth through friendships and provides a safe forum where children in need experience positive relationships with caring adults in order to strengthen and enhance their personal development. As a registered non-profit charitable organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters receives no government funding and relies on fundraising revenue to meet the needs of our youth through the agency’s programs and services.

The agency's upcoming Charity Golf Tournament is on July 9 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club, and all revenue from this event will be designated solely to Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron's programs and services. For more information regarding the Golf Tournament please call 519 524-4361. Join us on the links and make a difference in the lives of our youth.

Knit 1-2-3 members participate in Worldwide Knit in Public Day 

Knit 1-2-3 is a local knitting group that meets weekly on Thursdays at the Bayfield Library.

The local group took part in Worldwide Knit in Public Day on the lawn of the library on June 18. The stats are in and show that 1,015 groups in 57 countries participated in the event.

In 2005, Danielle Landes started World Wide Knit in Public Day as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company’. It is a unique event in that it is the largest knitter run event in the world. Knitting in public as a process also encourages people to linger, ask questions and share their own knitting stories.

If you are a knitter with any level of experience (or lack thereof) you are warmly invited to drop in and join the group on any Thursday from 1-3 p.m.

DSC08011 Knit 1-2-3 participated in Worldwide Knit in Public Day on the lawn of the library on June 18

Maria Ennett, is a member of Knit 1-2-3, who took part in Worldwide Knit in Public Day at the Bayfield Library. (Photos by Linda Wilson)

Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2016 saw 1,015 groups in 57 countries participate.  

Bayfield to host only county competition for Western Fair  


If you sing, dance, play an instrument or perform in other ways, and are between the ages of six and 21 then the Rise 2 Fame Youth Talent Search is looking for you.

The only Huron County preliminary competition to the Western Fair Talent Search takes place on Friday, Aug. 19 at the Bayfield Community Fair, upstairs in the Bayfield Community Centre. Junior competitions begin first at 7 p.m. with Youth competitions to follow.
Contestants are asked to check-in at 6 p.m. This ensures that all registration documents are complete and that music can be lined up for the show. Be sure to read the rules very carefully online by visiting the website at

Registration must be completed online on the Western Fair site before Aug. 7 or you can contact Charlie Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 to ensure you are a contestant on his list.

Winners go on to perform at the Western Fair – a 35 year tradition which has touched the lives of thousands of talented youngster from across the province. The Western Fair Rise2Fame Youth Talent Search, along with the preliminaries, has been the start to many careers in the arts and continues to encourage young people to pursue their talents, by giving them a chance to perform in front of a live audience.

Bayfield’s preliminary contest is the only one in Huron County before this year’s Western Fair. Categories of competition are (1) Vocal Solo; (2) Instrumental Solo; (3) Dance Solo; (4) Dance Group; (5) Vocal and/or Instrumental Group including bands; (6) Variety Solo and (7) Variety Group.

Winners of the Bayfield preliminary Rise2Fame contest will perform again at the Western Fair on the Anne Eadie Stage during the first two weeks of September. At the Western Fair competition there are big cash prizes and trophies for final winners. The top prize includes a trophy and $1,500 in cash. Last year’s Junior Winner at the Western Fair was a Huron County dancer and that was not the first time that Huron County kids have made it to the finals!

But you can’t win if you don’t enter the preliminary in Bayfield. And Rise2Fame contestants, along with one adult get free admission to the fair. So get registered, bring your dancing shoes, instrument or vocals and come showcase your talent at the Fair.

Entries for all preliminaries can be made online at Contact Kalbfleisch at the number listed above or for more information.

Breakfast on the farm fast approaching 

Breakfast on the Farm

Having a hearty breakfast and then touring a dairy farm is an option the family can partake in very soon.

On July 2, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., breakfast served outdoors will be available at the Steenbeek Dairy Farms just East of Varna. The Bayfield Lions’ Club will be preparing breakfast for a limited number of people. Tables will be set up in a nearby shed where everyone is able to eat under cover.

Tours of the 300 milking herd operation will take place all morning for anyone coming to the farm. Opportunities to have a look behind modern barn doors are rare and this visit all visitors will have their questions answered as well. Parking will be on a cement pad behind the shed and the tours start nearby. Pets and smoking are not permitted on the farm. Shoes or running shoes are recommended for the tours.

Local milk, egg, pork, and grain producers are sponsoring “Breakfast on the Farm”. Gay Lea has provided an inflatable bouncy cow for the children to play in while waiting for the tours or following their tours. Several displays will also be available to learn about what a cow would eat and there will be displays of some of the machinery needed for planting or looking after the crops. A milk truck will be present demonstrating how much milk is hauled to the milk depots. There will be many handouts that can be taken which help explain where and how our food is grown and how it is processed. There will also be a booklet available that everyone might use to look at how safe everything is around where we live.

Tickets are available at Stonefield Garden Centre, by calling 519 482-9296, or by ordering online at Tickets may be available at the farm on July 2 but tours will be held for everyone. This event is a great opportunity to bring Canada Day visitors to the village to inform them about agriculture in our local community – part of the most productive area in Ontario. The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) is organizing this breakfast-tour event with massive assistance by the Steenbeek family.

Food always seems to be a major focus for the BAS. The Ribs Fest is a very popular part of the Bayfield Community Fair. This year, to reflect suggestions from last year’s fest, there will be four groups preparing the ribs. Caitlyn Vail, of Cait’s Kitchen in Goderich, and Pat and Kevin, from Pat & Kevin’s on the Square in Goderich, will join Devin Tabor, of Bon Vivant Catering, and Brian Garnet of Let the Flames Begin. One group is talking about using secret ingredients to make theirs the best ribs. The committee is hoping this will be the most successful year yet for Ribs Fest.

The BAS promotes greater awareness of agriculture for all ages. It has been active for 160 years and depends on the support of the community. If anyone wishes to be involved as a volunteer or leader, the Society would be pleased to hear from you at

New trees need villagers' stewardship and water

The Bayfield Tree Project (BTP) has had another busy spring and has recently planted 22 new trees in the village. Cameron Street was the focus for the new trees as well as several fill-in spots throughout the village.

The total number planted since this group began in 2011 is a remarkable 400 trees.

The BTP Committee asks that homeowners please read and incorporate the following tips in order to keep the trees healthy:

* Water the trees weekly (a slow drip from a hose if possible); the trees need an inch of water weekly for the first two years.

* Do not “whippersnip” near any tree. Once the bark is injured the tree may die. Unfortunately, several trees have been killed this way.

* Mulching elevates the likelihood of your new tree having a healthy life. Place the mulch in a circle around the base of the tree but not touching the bark.

It has been noted that the ground is extremely dry so without attentive watering for the first two years these trees will perish.

The BTP thanks the residents for their ongoing financial support as well as their good stewardship. All donations of $20 and over will receive a tax receipt. Please make your cheques payable to ABCA Foundation/ Bayfield Tree Project and mail them to P.O. Box 164, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0.

Golf Tournament raised money for local youth projects 

Alfie Taylor, Fred Schilbe, Jack Bender and Don Knox emerged as the champions of the Bayfield Optimist Club’s annual Golf Tournament held at the Bayview Golf Club on June 11. (Photos by Melody Falconer-Pounder)  

Fred Schilbe, Jack Bender, Alfie Taylor and Don Knox emerged as the champions of the Bayfield Optimist Club’s annual Golf Tournament held at the Bayview Golf Club on June 11.

Seventy-four players took part in the best ball style tournament that featured a hot dog lunch, with full sized chocolate bars for a decadent dessert, due to the generosity of Bayfield Foodland.

Players were enticed at three different holes to try their luck at winning $10,000 by achieving a hole-in-one. Alas, there were no winners this time around the 18-hole course but organizers would like to thank The Albion Hotel, Bayfield Foodland and Platinum Power Sports for sponsoring the hole in one contests.

Prizes were, however, given away to those men and women who shot their golf balls closest to the pins on four holes. These winners were: Hole #2, Matt McKaig and Sue Burton, $50 Little Inn gift cards donated by Lake Huron Chrysler; Hole # 9, Tom Burns and Julie Gagnier, $50 Bayfield Foodland gift cards donated by Brian Coombs Remax; Hole #12, Willy Hancox and Lynn McNichols, $50 Little Inn gift card donated by Ian Matthew; and Hole #18, Don Sotherland and Marci Middleton, $50 Bayfield Foodland gift card donated by Brian Coombs Remax.

Huron Shores Catering provided the evening meal and all enjoyed a Silent Auction and 50/50 draw during the cocktail hour. Prizes were presented to all golfers through a random draw. It is estimated that the tournament raised over $5,000 for the Optimist Club’s Friend of Youth projects.

Optimist Mike Dixon presented the closest to the pin prizes to participants in the Bayfield Optimist Club's annual Golf Tournament held at the Bayview Golf Club on June 11. Prize winners included: Matt McKaig...  

...Sue Burton  

...Lynn McNichols  

...Julie Gagnier

...Willy Hancox  

...Marci Middleton  

and Don Sotherland.  



The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will be hosting a community hike at Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on Thursday, June 23.

The hike will commence at 9 a.m.

The Naftel’s Creek trail leads through mixed conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas. Boardwalks allow visitors to enjoy the wetland. Hikers can watch for trout as they cross the Naftel’s Creek. The trail is 3 KMs long, difficulty is Level 2 (moderate) and the hike will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Located on Hwy 21 between Bayfield and Goderich, the trail is 7 KMs south of Goderich and there is lots of parking available.

Hike Leaders will be Chris and Pam Bowers, 519 565-4605 and Dave Gillians, 519 565-5884.

Lions Youth

Through Lions District A-15, two international youths will be calling Bayfield their home for one month this summer.

Members of the Bayfield Lions' Club, Penny and Dave Overboe and Lynda and Bill Steenstra will host Kamile, from Lithuania, and Abby, from Mexico

A Community Welcome will be held on June 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Overboe's home at 17 Euphemia St. All are encouraged to drop by to welcome these young ladies to our village.

Lemonade on the lawn 

Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield will, once again, be celebrating summer with Lemonade on the Lawn each Sunday following their 11 a.m. church service during the month of July. The congregation welcomes all to join them
for a time of conversation and sunshine!

Knox Church is located at 2 Main Street North.

And, looking ahead, all are encouraged to mark their calendars for Knox’s Annual Fish Fry to be held on July 30. They are hoping to set records this year so watch for more details coming soon.

Book Signing 

In case you missed it the first time around, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is pleased to announce that the remaining copies of “Reflections of Bayfield Images Across the Decades” by Barbara Brown and Joyce Lambert have been printed.

This coffee table book captures the special spirit of Bayfield through paintings, poems, posters, stories and folk art created over the past 120 years.

A summer book-signing event by the authors will be held at the Bayfield Historical Society Heritage Centre and Archives on Main Street North on July 2 from 2-4 p.m.

Mews Open House

The Bayfield Mews, +55 Lifestyle Community, is a non-profit community project operated by volunteers that is now in its final phase of development (Phase 2).

The Mews homeowners are pleased to open their doors to welcome visitors to view four of their beautiful town homes on July 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a hot dog barbecue and refreshments served. The Mews homeowners are pleased to announce that they only have seven lots left in Phase 2.

Volunteers also operate an Open House every Saturday and Sunday and Holidays from 1-3 p.m. Several of the homeowners are willing to show off their own homes every weekend to give our visitors an idea of the different home styles.

The Bayfield Mews is located just south of Bayfield at Paul Bunyan Road.

One of a Kind Show

Visiting Vettefest on July 9? Be sure to walk across the street to the Bayfield Town Hall, where a host of vendors will be displaying and selling their wares on the grounds at the hall for the third annual One of a Kind Show.

Even if you don’t attend Vettefest, this show is something you shouldn’t miss. It allows you to visit with local artisans as they showcase a variety of beautifully handmade products, including scarves, fashion, rugs, cushions, paintings, pottery, jewelery, paintings, woodworking and much more.

The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free but donations to the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society would be welcome.

Thunderbird Car Show 

The Southern Ontario Thunderbird Club (SOTC) hopes to have more than 100 Thunderbirds park in the shade of Clan Gregor Square during their 20th annual car show in Bayfield on July 10.

All Thunderbird enthusiasts are welcome to this largest single gathering of the SOTC for the year. Participants don’t have to be SOTC members; anyone with a T-Bird can come into the park.

There will be music, door prizes, food and great fun for Thunderbird lovers both old and young. The event begins at 9 a.m. and participants are encouraged to come early to get a nice shady spot under the trees and near the gazebo. The day will conclude about 4 p.m.


Since 2011, the Huron Back Pack For Kids Program has been supporting families that cannot afford the cost of school supplies and backpacks for their children. For the 2015-16 school year the program provided over 300 school-aged children with a backpack of supplies for their first day of school.

Once again The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre will sponsor The Back Pack for Kids Program. Registration for families has begun.

In Bayfield, the registration forms can be picked up at the Bayfield Public Library and returned by July 20. After July 20th interested families can contact Debra Morrison, of the Wingham Salvation Army, at 519 357-1387 or Shannon Daniels, of the Goderich Salvation Army, at 519 524-2950. These women are the coordinators of the program for the 2016-17 school year.

The backpacks will be distributed during the last week of August. Anyone who has questions is asked to please contact Rev. Wayne Malott, of the Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) at 519 565-2790.


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 sponsor a planter in the Communities in Bloom (CIB) Street Planter Sponsorship program, please contact Nellie Evans at the Municipality of Bluewater, 519 236-4351 Ext 236 or Jim Fergusson. Please provide the words you wish to place on the sign (up to three lines) and the location of planter to sponsor (ie. Bayfield Main Street in front of…). There are planters to sponsor in Bayfield, Hensall and Zurich.

Sponsorship is $75 per planter for one season. A receipt is issued. Cash, cheque or debit (payable to Municipality of Bluewater)

CIB judges love the planters because they provide continuity of appearance in Bluewater’s villages as they are planted with flowers of the same colors. They provide floral decoration that shows pride in the community. The judges will visit on August 10 and 11.

Food Bank 

Looking for a place to drop off donations to the local food bank? Well, the Virtual High School (VHS) is making the opportunity just that much easier.

The Bayfield Food Bank (Feed My Sheep) is happy to announce their recent partnering with VHS on Main Street North. VHS has generously provided a drop off box for the food bank at their offices. Donations can now be made from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

“We wish to thank them for their support of this important community outreach and their commitment to Bayfield,” said Rev. Wayne Malott, of the food bank.

Farmers' Market 

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.

Beach Butts 

The Huron County Health Unit is calling for your help to clean up cigarette butts on beaches. Volunteers are needed for two beach clean-ups that will be held over the summer to raise awareness about the negative impacts that cigarette butt litter has on our environment.

The first clean-up will be at the Grand Bend Main Beach on July 5 from 4:30-7 p.m. and the second will be at Goderich Main Beach on Aug. 2 from 5-6:30 p.m.

“These are great opportunities for youth groups, sports teams and other members of the community to learn something new and make our communities cleaner, healthier places to live and play,” said Huron County Health Unit Public Health Promotion Student, Michael Roy. Volunteers will work together to collect cigarette butts along the beach.

An average of 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year and they never completely decompose. Over 2,500 butts were collected at the Goderich beach during a previous butt clean up.

Roy said, “These littered butts then leach harmful chemicals into our waterways and soil. And it doesn’t stop there, cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of fish and birds. They are also toxic when ingested by young children or pets.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for a few hours for the beach clean ups should contact Sam Docherty at 519 482-3416 Ex 2557 or

Huron Ready

The Huron Ready Community Notification Program is ending effective immediately and its phone and social media services are being discontinued.

Huron Ready has been operating since 2009. However, after conducting a program review, it has been identified that this County service is no longer relevant. With the rising adoption of communication technologies, Huron Ready has become redundant as source agencies responsible for community notifications are now connecting to residents directly using tools like social media.

Over the coming days, one final phone call campaign will be completed to members of the public registered with Huron Ready to notify them that the service is ending. This final call campaign is expected to be complete by the end of this month. A notice will be posted to the Huron Ready Facebook and Twitter accounts to notify followers that the program is ending.

To continue to receive community notifications, residents are advised to consult the following authoritative sources: for road closures, follow the OPP @OPP_COMM_WR; for weather alerts, follow Environment Canada @ECAlertON160 (Goderich) or @ECAlertON110 (Wingham).

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

In Memoriam

Irene Maria Harris died recently. Born in 1921 Irene Ledergerber in Gossau, Switzerland, Irene was the oldest of 8 children. She emigrated to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada with her husband, Leslie Harris, in 1952. Following Leslie’s death, she enjoyed several happy years with her companion Hugh Fellowes. Irene moved to Bayfield in 2005 to be with her daughter, Roma Harris and partner Leslie Bella. She is also survived by Hugh’s daughters, Angela and Jane and remaining siblings, Hugo, Thomas and Ivo Ledergerber and Heidi Fraefel.

Irene had a successful career as a social worker, including as district supervisor for child welfare and financial services in Mission and area. She will be remembered for her stylish elegance, canny bridge play, her straightforward expression of opinion and her great love of music and travel. As she did throughout her life, she showed great dignity and grace during her final difficult days.

Roma and Leslie would like to thank our wonderful friends for their love and support and to recognize the kind staff of the Bluewater Nursing Home in Zurich for their compassion and gentle ways.

Following Irene’s wishes there will be a champagne reception for family, friends and neighbours at 18 Louisa Street, Bayfield on Friday, June 24 between 4-5 p.m.






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 highlight a time before amalgamation when the village had its own council and staff. These were the members of the Bayfield Village Council in 1987. Does anyone recognize those pictured? (Archives Code: PB12 16a) 

 PB12 16a Bayfield Village Council 1987

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PB12 16a Remember Me 362 

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. 


 PB12 15 Remember Me 363

In Issue 363, 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)

Sue Gammage wrote in to say, “That is a lovely photo of my father, Bill Gammage, after a hard day of work at his store in Bayfield. Thank you for putting that image up, it brought back a lot of happy memories and I do remember the day that photo was taken.”




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Bayfield Guiding

One wild night at serengeti Bush Camp

The adventure began with a lunch time stop at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory.

The girls were able to get very close to a young Giraffe as they stayed nice and quiet during their session with his keeper.

Samson the Hippo came out of his pond to enjoy a snack while his keepers shared stories about him with the girls.

The three lion cubs born at the zoo are now eight months old but still full of plenty of playfulness.

The cheetahs are often elusive but after the zoo closed this one offered an "a-ha" moment for many of the group as she sat right up against the glass of her exhibit and watched the girls watch her.

While his spouse and young cubs slept, Da Mao roamed his exhibit and dined on some Bamboo. He was born in China in 2008 and is described as being lively, tender and quite a gentleman.

Juno the Polar Bear Cub wasn't in the mood to receive visitors on a warm Saturday afternoon at the zoo.  



On the morning of June 17, an activity bus filled with 24 members of Bayfield Guiding headed out on a year-end adventure. Girls ages six to 16 plus their Guiders and parent helpers were destined for the Serengeti Bush Camp at the Toronto Zoo, an unparalleled overnight experience.

The group stopped to have a picnic lunch at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. After eating they had the opportunity to mingle with live exotic birds, butterflies and bugs during a self-guided tour amongst the tropical foliage.

As late afternoon approached they arrived at the zoo and were taken to their campsite aboard the Zoo-mobile and introduced to their camp guides – Chelsey and Katie. These young leaders never missed an opportunity to share animal and conservation knowledge with the girls packing their heads full of interesting animal facts from start to finish. And the girls kept them on their toes with plenty of questions.

Highlights included getting up close and personal with two young giraffes and Samson the Hippopotamus who came out of the water to devour salad fixings. The girls discovered that Giraffes dine gracefully while Hippos don’t have the best table manners. They also learned a lot of fun facts about these creatures when they met their keepers.

When darkness fell the girls took part in a Scavenger Hunt game between Carnivores and Herbivores along the African Savanna. A campfire with S’mores and the dramatic telling of a legend about giraffes rounded out the experience.

Once nestled in their tents the girls fell asleep listening to the barking of Hyenas as dawn began they drifted out of sleep to the plaintive call of the lions followed appropriately enough by music from “The Lion King”.

For breakfast the girls dined overlooking the Rhino exhibit and then they were given a tour of the African Rainforest Pavilion where they were introduced to a Royal Python, the Ring-Tailed Lemurs, the Slender-Tailed Meerkats and a Pygmy Hippo among others.

Once the zoo reopened for the day the girls were divided into smaller groups to explore the other regions of the zoo. Some members ran straight to the Giant Panda exhibit to see the new babes and their parents before the viewing lines grew too long. Others tried out the ropes course at the Gorilla exhibit and still others ended their day with time at Splash Island a fun splash pad area with an animal theme.

The members of Bayfield Guiding would like to thank those businesses and individuals who helped them make this very ambitious year-end adventure financially possible. A bequeath, cookie sales and a share in a recent Penny Sale and Silent Auction fundraiser helped make this trip happen.

Sharing new experiences while making friends is a big part of Guiding.

Brownie Rebecca Phillips enjoyed meeting a Royal Python during Bayfield Guiding's behind the scenes tour of the zoo.

This Tree Kangaroo normally sleeps but he was startled by a door slamming allowing this photographer a rare opportunity for some engaging pictures.





PIXILATED — image of the week


Photo by Jack Pal

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


An "a-ha" moment after hours at the zoo.  

So I had another “a-ha” moment at the Toronto Zoo this past weekend as I escorted my third group of girls and young women on an overnight at the Serengeti Bush Camp.

It couldn’t have been a more picture perfect adventure – the weather cooperated and the animals did too. It was kind of like they were collectively thinking, “Hey look, it’s the Bayfield Girl Guides. Now they had to raise a lot of money and drive a fair distance to visit us so we’re going to show them that we are as pleased to see them as they are to see us!”

Animals that were dreamily asleep in the warm summer sunshine suddenly became alert and in many cases came over to give us a closer look.

Every time I take girls on this excursion I seem to have an “a-ha” moment and this time it was with a Cheetah. The girls were busy playing a supervised game along the African Savanah when a co-leader came out from around the corner of an exhibit. “Brown Owl,” she said. “You’ve got to see this and bring that camera!”

My heart melted as I came around the corner to see a usually elusive Cheetah sitting up alert at the glass of her exhibit looking curiously right through me. Magic! One by one all the members of our group filtered around the corner and had an “a-ha” moment with her. She remained attentive and patient with each and every one.

It was a once in a lifetime moment that I am so pleased to have shared with my Guiding sisters. And I hope they took away as I did that we can learn so much about ourselves when looking deep into the eyes of those creatures that we walk the planet with. – Melody


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