Bookmark and Share   Aug. 8, 2018   Vol. 10 Week 32 Issue 474

Artist Guild to unveil creative collaboration on saturday

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Earlier this year the Goderich Co-op Gallery displayed a Mosaic Mural which was a collaborative effort of their painter and photographer members. In their words it was a fun and challenging project that kept them busy over the winter. The Bayfield Artist Guild (BAG) members decided that it was such a successful effort that they wanted to try something similar over the summer.

The BAG membership is composed of 25 active members who share a love of painting and Bayfield. During the summer of 2017 the group project was to participate in the International Ploughing Match by creating painted doors as entries into the Avenue of Art at the fair grounds. The BAG members had been on the look out for a suitable group project for this summer and the Goderich Co-op Mosaic seemed to be a perfect idea. Earlier this summer they approached the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) and with the help of Angela Kaptein they came together to make this summer creative collaboration a reality.

A photograph, was selected by members of the PCoB. The image, not yet seen by guild members, was sized and divided into 16 equal parts. Sixteen of our members were given a 1/16th size numbered piece of the picture and a 16x20 inch canvas. Each artist was directed to interpret the image in whatever way that they chose using their own style with the only caveats being the importance of sizing the image so that when put together, the pieces of the mosaic would line up to meet the adjacent pieces and a suggested palette to ensure some visual consistency throughout the finished work.

As the BAG is a relatively young organization, there is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about group projects and what started with some anxiety and uncertainty about participation by members, turned into a full-on desire to participate.

“While only 16 members were involved in painting the sections for the finished mosaic, we had overwhelming membership involvement in the planning and creating the finished piece and we know without a doubt that everyone will be keen to be creating paintings for our next shared effort!” said Mary Stephenson BAG member.

The image which has not yet been seen in its entirety will be a surprise to the BAG members, artists and community as it is unveiled at the Bayfield Public Library on the morning of Aug. 11.

“Everyone is invited to come out to see what our Bayfield Artist Guild was able to create in partnership with the Bayfield Photo Club!” said Stephenson.

This collaborative creation will be mounted and on display outside the Bayfield Library from Aug. 11–18.

“Many thanks to Goderich Co-op for the idea, the Bayfield Photography club for their participation, Photographer Jack Pal for use of his image, the Bayfield Artist Guild members for their support, artistic endeavors and making the project actually come together! As well our thanks to the Municipality of Bluewater for their support and the Bayfield Library for hosting our Creative Collaboration!” Stephenson concluded.

Forestry, fishing and fields theme of Community Fair 

The popular Bayfield Community Fair returns this Aug. 17-19, with a Forestry, Fishing and Fields theme. Community volunteers and staff from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are leading engaging activities around this theme in the Discovery Tent on the Saturday and Sunday.

The hosts will facilitate forestry, fishing, and fields activities from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Sunday. There will also be static displays from noon to 4 p.m. on the Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Sunday.

“This year’s theme of Forestry, Fishing, and Fields is important for our watershed community,” said Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager with ABCA. “From a watershed perspective, these three things are closely woven together. Feeding people, planting trees and creating habitat for fish and other species are all ways we work together to create a stronger economic and environmental future. The community’s direction to us is to protect and enhance water, soil and living things and the Forestry, Fishing and Fields theme fits well with that work.”

There will be activities and displays for all ages in the Discovery Tent, according to staff. There will be prizes too. Organizers say the activities in the tent will be fun and they will also be an active way to learn about trees, soil and fish in our watershed.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, convenors, members and volunteers, I would like to welcome you to our 162nd Community Fair in Bayfield,” said Jentje Steenbeek, Bayfield Fair president. “We are blessed once again to host a traditional fair celebrating the achievements and success of our rural community in one of the most picturesque communities situated along Ontario’s West Coast.”

The Fair President said the theme of Forestry, Fishing and Fields will help to highlight some of the great Bayfield area attributes including thriving agricultural production, a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Huron, and local creative talents. Steenbeek added that the 2018 theme is sure to “give creative inspirations that inspire all residents and visitors as they create beautiful entries in the many categories offered at the fair this year.”

To learn more about the Bayfield Fair visit

Sunset on Summer on horizon

The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) is hosting its fifth annual “Sunset on Summer” family picnic on Saturday, Sept. 1 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall (and in case of rain at the Bayfield Arena).

Music runs from 4-7 p.m. and food will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This year roasted potatoes will be included with the traditional BBQ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert.

Bring your guests or you can enjoy take-out. Entertainment will be provided by “The Cosmic Cowboys”, from London, ON, 2017 Jack Richardson Music Awards nominee in the Folk/Roots category. Activities include a Kiddy Korner (with help from The Purple Peony) for the children. As always, there will be a cash bar for adults.

Once again, the event will include a silent auction with a variety of fun items. Also, the Bayfield Lions’ Club will be selling prints of the photos chosen for the 2019 Bayfield calendar. The sale will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. with net proceeds being shared between the Town Hall and the Bayfield Lions’ Club.

The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. The proceeds from this event will go towards replenishing the reserve funds necessary to maintain and preserve the 135-year-old Bayfield Town Hall.

The organizers are hoping that people will purchase their tickets early to ensure that sufficient quantities of food are ordered. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 as well as through If you call the Town Hall, just leave a message and someone will get back to you. The Town Hall Box Office will be open from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Aug. 14, to buy or pick up your tickets. Tickets will also be available at the Bayfield Farmers’ Market during market hours on Friday, Aug. 17, 24 and 31, and at Fitness Classes in the Bayfield Arena.

As was done last year, the Town Hall, as an active member of Bayfield’s Blue Community initiative, has purchased non-toxic, biodegradable, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery. Sunset on Summer will leave a smaller footprint on our environment.

This is a community event and the committee is looking for volunteers to help with serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please email Diane at

update on bridge replacement 

Editor's Note:The following is an update on the Bayfield River Bridge replacement sent to interested parties on July 31. 


The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has retained McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. (MP) to carry out the Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for the replacement of the Bayfield River Bridge on Hwy 21 (Bluewater Highway) in the Village of Bayfield, Municipality of Bluewater and County of Huron. A key map showing the location of the study area is attached.

Constructed in 1949, the existing bridge has reached the end of its service life and will be replaced with a new structure on the existing highway alignment. The Detailed Design and Class EA study is a continuation of a Preliminary Design and Class EA study that was completed to address the aging infrastructure (November, 2016).

The approved project involves a complete replacement of all bridge components, improvement to the vertical alignment to meet hydraulic requirements, embankment widening, pavement reconstruction/rehabilitation, drainage improvements, and replacement of curb, gutter, and guide rail on approaches. The new bridge will be a single-span steel arch structure, which will include two lanes, paved shoulders and a sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.

Construction staging at the bridge will involve a full closure with on-site detour via a temporary modular bridge. The temporary modular bridge will permit two-lane traffic and pedestrian crossings throughout construction, with the exception of temporary short-term road closures during daytime hours.

This Detailed Design is following the approved planning process for a Group “C” project under the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000). Public consultation will continue throughout the study, which will be regularly updated on the Project Website at

Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Screening Document (ESD) will be completed and placed on file at MTO. If required, the MTO will take measures to reduce the duration of any night work; an exemption to the Municipality of Bluewater noise by-law may be required if it is determined that night-work is necessary. Subject to funding and approvals construction is anticipated to commence in the fall of 2019 and is expected to take approximately 2 years.

Anyone who has questions or concerns about this project is encouraged  to contact the MTO or MP project team at anytime: 

Ms. Laura Donaldson, P. Eng., Project Manager
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. 1-1329 Gardiners Road
Kingston, ON K7P 0L8
Tel: 613-542-3788 Ext. 3117
Toll free: 1-888-348-8991
Fax: 613-542-7583
Ms. Natalia Bartos, P.Eng., Project Engineer
Ministry of Transportation - West Region 659 Exeter Road
London, ON N6E 1L3
Toll Free: 1-800-265-6072
Extension: 519-873-4572
Fax: 519-873-4600

Anyone without concerns should also please advise the team promptly as this information is important to as well.





antique and vintage show 

36531176776_225cd48aa1_k Jamie Thomas looked like she was ready to walk the red carpet in this fun number from the 80s during the Vintage Fashion Parade held at the 2017 event. This year the fashion parade will be held during Opening Night festivities. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Progress is a part of everything in life even a more than three decades old antique show! The 33rd annual show hosted by the members and friends of Trinity Anglican Church has a new name: the Bayfield Antique and Vintage Show and will be one day shorter this year.

Due to requests from vendors the show will be held on Friday and Saturday only, Aug. 10-11, at the Bayfield Arena.

Every newly monikered show deserves an Opening Night and one will be held on Friday from 6-9 p.m. This is the perfect time to mingle with dealers and enjoy some refreshments. Tickets for Opening Night purchased prior to Aug. 9 are $10 ($12 at the door). They are on sale now and can be reserved by calling 519 565-4102.Tickets are available at Brandon Hardware and JMR Collections on Main Street North.

In addition, visitors to the Opening Night should be on the lookout for models dressed in fashions of yesterday as part of a Vintage Clothing and Accessories Fashion Parade sponsored by JMR Collections on Main Street.

The fun of exploring through the antique and vintage items will continue into Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission will be $5.

As always, the fabulous Cafe will be open during show hours on Saturday when visitors can enjoy very reasonably priced sandwiches, sweets and cold beverages or coffee.

Proceeds from this event go toward Trinity Anglican Church’s needs and outreach.

Truth to Power 

The powerful new movie “Truth to Power” by Al Gore is coming to the Bayfield Town Hall on Thursday, Aug. 9. starting at 7:30.

Ten years after the” Inconvenient Truth” movie brought climate change into the forefront of mainstream culture, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore has created a sequel, “Truth to Power”, in which he continues the tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. Eye-opening and alarming, this movie shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.

Introducing the movie and facilitating the discussion afterwards will be Professor Tom Davis, of Fanshawe College. 

Be sure to mark your calendar and come to the once-only screening of this important movie. The film will commence at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. However, your donations at the door will help the co-sponsors, Blue Bayfield and Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, offset the costs of the event. Surplus funds will be used to further the objectives of Blue Bayfield, BRVTA and other local organizations supporting environmental initiatives.


The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual Book Sale at the Bayfield Public Library on the third weekend in August.

The times for the sale are: Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted of gently used, recent books, CDs, DVDs, games and puzzles for children and adults at the library on Aug. 13-16 from 1-5 p.m. only.

Please note that encyclopedias, manuals, magazines and textbooks will not be accepted. Books that are moldy or have torn pages will also be declined.

FOBL will also be selling their new canvas Book Bag to carry home book purchases.

All monies raised from the sale of the books and book bag go towards supporting the library and community programs.

Commercial Book Dealers are asked not to make their purchases until Sunday at 1 p.m.


Join members of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at the pavilion in Clan Gregor Square on Aug. 26 for a walk under the light of the full moon.

Starting at 8 p.m. hike through the village to the edge of the woods at Sarnia Street and the official start of the Woodland Trail.

Once in the woods hikers will enjoy the beauty of the ravines, old pastures and glacial hills as they walk along old gravel quarry roads, lumber paths and deer trails.

The trail is approximately 5 KMs long and the difficulty is level 3. The hike will take approximately two hours. Please bring a head lamp or flashlight in the event that the special guest, the full moon is hidden by clouds.

The hike leader will be Roberta Stemp, 519 565-2777.


The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) will benefit from the bar proceeds of an upcoming concert organized by the folks at the Bayfield Concert Series, LP Productions. The money will go toward the fund for a new animal display and storage building at Agricultural Park.

Barney Bentall will be appearing live at the Bayfield Town Hall with guests Ryan Malcolm and Justin Evans on Aug. 16. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available now for $40 from Shop Bike Coffee Roasters and River Road Brewing and Hops in Bayfield as well as Ernie King Music in Goderich or online at

First Aid Courses

Bayfield Guiding is organizing two community First Aid weekends. 

Standard First Aid with CPR C and AED Courses will be held at Trinity Anglican Church in Bayfield on Aug. 25-26 or Sept. 22-23.

Saturdays will begin at 9 a.m. while Sundays will commence at 11 a.m. Cost is $129 plus HST
Must have a group of eight minimum for the course to happen. Cost of course decreases as attendance increases so please invite others to join. Courses are open to people 12 years of age and up.

Please contact Melody Falconer-Pounder at 519 525-3830 or to reserve a spot with preferred dates. Keep in mind that the course can be taken over the two weekends if that is more convenient. For example: Day 1 – Aug. 25 Day 3 - Sept. 23.   

Butterfly Release 

How many among us take notice of certain symbols that remind us of someone special who no longer walks the earth? Hearing the striking lilt of a birdcall, sighting a butterfly flitting by or spotting a feather on the ground are all fine examples of these signs.

In recognition of these the Huron Residential Hospice is holding an event in Pioneer Park on Sept. 9 that will allow community members to honor the memory of loved ones or beloved pets in a symbolic way at a Butterfly Release.

This second annual event will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Those who attend should bring their own lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Please go to to purchase your butterfly prior to Aug. 24. Monarch butterflies are $25 each.






from puffins to penguins explored at rotary

adelie-penguin-chickAdelie penguin chick. (Photos by Dan Busby)  

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend is extending an invitation to “Puffins to Penguins: Birds of High Latitudes” as part of their Speakers Series on Aug. 21.

The evening, that begins at 7 p.m., will be held at Huron Shores United Church,
25 Main St W. The guest speaker will be photographer, Dan Busby, who will take attendees on a journey to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Busby is a lifelong birder and professional biologist as well as an accomplished wildlife photographer. Since retiring from the Canadian Wildlife Service he has been a resident of Haliburton, ON. He is currently travelling the high Arctic and Antarctic aboard an expedition cruise ship as the resident Ornithologist. He will share his insights about expedition cruising and the wide variety of birds unique to these regions sharing stories and his own wonderful pictures.

busbypuffinlanding Puffin landing.

There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated. The new Huron Shores United Church Performance Centre is air conditioned and accessible. Seats are limited, to reserve seating please register at or call Rotarian John Smits at 519 238-5215.

To view more of Dan Busby’s work visit his website at

   what does gateway centre mean to summer students 

board-17Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health summer students (l-r): Alex Conlon, Grace Bonnett, Jessie Payne and Sam Murray. (Submitted photo)  

Summertime often presents a difficult question for university students who come from small rural communities; should they stay near school and gain meaningful work experience or should they go home to family and friends at the expense of a job related to their studies? Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health provides them with the best of both worlds, offering meaningful work experience close to home.

The funding that supports Gateway from the Hometown Heroes, “Raise a Little Health” Charity Hockey Game is essential to summer students and their research projects. In addition to working on their research projects, the involvement in the organization of the game has been an invaluable experience for Gateway’s summer students.

This is what Gateway means to them:

“I always thought that there were untapped research opportunities in my community, however, I never thought I would be able to pursue them as I, like many others, thought I needed to choose between research experience in my field of study and coming home to my family and friends in the summer. When I discovered Gateway, I realized I had been sorely mistaken. The ability of Gateway to provide me with an opportunity to tap these research opportunities has not only helped to apply my studies practically but also to be a competitive student and applicant after graduation and better my community.” - Jessie Payne

“Gateway has provided me with the opportunity to not only be home for the summer, but also create connections with the local community in hopes of maintaining these for my future in Huron County. Working at Gateway has broadened my scope and opened up new opportunities and interests in my scientific field of study. Having grown up in Huron county, I have gained knowledge on the unique healthcare needs and challenges that are faced in rural Ontario. In doing so, I wish to expand the availability of resources and opportunities to rural areas, like Huron County.” - Grace Bonnett

“Being a part of Gateway has allowed me to learn about conducting research in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to within a classroom. I not only feel like the work I am apart of is important for the community, but also know it is good preparation for a career in the scientific community. Working at Gateway has made me excited to go back to my university studies as it has given me a taste of what could come after graduation.” - Sam Murray

“As a foreign medical student, it is essential that I have years of research on my resume so that I can secure a resident position in Canada after I graduate. The funding from Hometown Heroes Ensures that Gateway is able to fund my project so that I can stay at home in the summers rather than being away from home in an urban centre doing research. It means that I am able to pursue my interest in rural research in an environment that I am comfortable in, and a place that I one day hope to practice medicine. It gives me exposure to the places where I hope to one day work as a fully licensed medical practitioner.” - Alex Conlon


Thomas the tank

Thomas the Tank is coming to Clinton on Aug. 11!

Once again, the CNR School on Wheels Museum is hosting their annual Children’s Festival featuring Thomas the Tank activities. This is a great event for parents and grandparents to bring their kids to enjoy.

The festival will be held in Sloman Park, 76 Victoria Terrace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can climb aboard Thomas the Tank courtesy of Fincher’s in Goderich, play at a bubble centre, try mini golf, make some crafts, and even more. New this year members of the Bayfield Ukulele Club will entertain the children with railway songs at 10:30 a.m. at this rain or shine event.


The Bluewater Area Family Health Team will be holding a community information meeting on Aug. 16 and all are invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Zurich Community Complex starting at 7:30 p.m.

Topics of discussion will be physician recruitment, the expansion project and Ministry financing.


An upcoming Bone Health Workshop could help people make the necessary changes to live well with Osteoporosis. This four-week program is for those recently diagnosed with Osteopenia/Osteoporosis or those wanting preventative information.

Each week participants will hear from various health professionals to learn about Osteoporosis and the nutrition, exercise and medication that helps to prevent or slow it down.

The workshop will run on Tuesdays starting Sept. 11 until Oct. 2 from 1-3 p.m. in the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) Community Room. A nutritious snack is provided.

Participants do not have to be a patient with BAFHT to attend. Interested people must register before attending by calling 519 236-4373 Ext 632.

social planning  

The Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC) and 211, supported partners of United Way Perth-Huron, are working on a social planning inventory they hope will improve social planning across the region.

The two organizations are looking to engage with groups involved in service planning and co-ordination, advocacy, building social capital to bring about social change, research and analysis, public education and mobilizing resources.

“We envision the inventory as a valuable tool for community leaders who are involved in community development and social planning,” said Susanna Reid, director of the SRPC. “It’s meant to link research with planning and support existing groups to improve social planning across our region.”

Over 25 organizations have completed the survey so far and community leaders are encouraged to go to if they want their information included in the inventory. For a list of organizations that have participated go to

To ensure the inventory is updated regularly and accessible to as many people as possible, 211 was chosen to house the information.

“The social planning inventory further strengthens 211 as a resource for our communities,” said Susan Faber, Information director of 211 Perth-Huron. “Residents of Perth and Huron will be able to find current information on existing planning groups and see if there are areas not being addressed. This will help cut down on duplication and improve transparency.”

The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and mobilize the community.

211 is an award-winning helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. The vision for 211 Ontario is to be the primary source of information and gateway to human services for individuals and planners. 211 is a supported partner of United Way Perth-Huron.

Star Party 

August brings us the Perseid Meteor Shower. We will be hosting our August Star Party on Sunday Aug. 12, the peak of the Perseid's!

As well, the Milky Way should be glorious with its hundreds of star clusters, nebulae, and star forming regions.

The Perseid Party will be held at 9 p.m. at the Agricultural Park in Bayfield, weather and sky conditions permitting. If the conditions are not favourable it will be rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 13.

Visit for more details, locations and other times. Please reserve a spot on the Star Party page, so we can communicate with you in case the conditions are unfavorable or rescheduled.

If you have doubt on the status of the event or have questions please call Guy Spence at 519 868-6691 before the event.

Everyone is welcome to join us, with or without a telescope. There is no fee. If you are an amateur astronomer, please feel free to join in with your telescope at sundown.





Volume 10

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 unidentified lady enjoying time on her front porch. The image is dated Aug. 20, 1943. Does anyone remember her? (Archives Code: PB10038 PC) 

PB10038 PC Lady August 20, 1943 

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



 PB12 17A At the Laithwaite Farm

In Issue 472, a traditional summer stop for visitors to the area for years has been the Laithwaite Farm on Hwy. 8 near Goderich to view the folkart sculptures. Does anyone recognize these folks? (Archives Code: PB12 17A)


PB12 2b Jack Kneeshaw 

In Issue 473, we feature another traditional summer stop for many - Niagara Falls. Jack Kneeshaw poses in front of this natural wonder. Does anyone remember him? (Archives Code: PB12 2b)



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impressive numbers participate in fun race

DSCN0595  The turn-out of cyclists was once again tremendous and all ages participated. (Photo by Graham Pounder)


IMG_4080The early morning warm temperatures caused a later start to registration for the 32nd annual Pioneer Park Fun Race as people were a little slower getting their day going! (Photo by John Pounder)  

DSCN0578The walkers were the first off on the 5 KM route with Sandy Scotchmer and John Erb setting the pace. (Photo by Graham Pounder)  

IMG_5141Generations of families have taken part in the Pioneer Park Fun Race over its more than three decades whether they be summer visitors or full-time residents.  

IMG_4099Bayfield Pole Walking Group members took part in the race as well as several canines. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_5172Peter Toccalino gave some last minute instructions to daughter, Freya, as they were waiting for the cycling portion of the race to begin.  

IMG_5176Tanner Burger and Dalton discussed the route the cyclists were to take just prior to start time.  

IMG_4140   It was a warm morning to run but those who registered gave it their all right off the start. (Photo by John Pounder)

Tanner Burger, cycled across the finish line first during the Pioneer Park Fun Race. (Photo by John Pounder)

IMG_5267 Sandy Scotchmer and John Erb always enjoy a little friendly competition and so once again they crossed the finish line first together!

IMG_4196Bud Robinson serenaded the folks at the finish line by tooting his own horn. (Photo by John Pounder)  

IMG_4253Maggie appeared to be relieved the finish line was in sight.  

IMG_5257Volunteers watched the finish closely to ensure that there were winners in all categories.  

IMG_5301Sam Dupuis was one of eight roller bladers to take part in the race and the first to cross the finish line.  

IMG_5366Perhaps the youngest participant to cross the finish line on his own power - this week lad got lots of encouragement from the crowd.  

IMG_5355The cheering crowd at the finish line grows as more and more people cross it - perhaps one of the best parts of this stellar event.  

IMG_4246This jolly fellow captured the spectators attention by running to the finish line backwards. He used his phone to guide him across. Rumour has it he may have run the entire race this way! (Photo by John Pounder)  






Thirty-two years ago a fun tradition was started to raise funds for the maintenance of Pioneer Park – the 5 KM Fun Race. This year the traditon continued with enthusiastic participants registering for the run on the morning of Aug. 6. They laced up their sneakers some to walk others to run. People took to wheels of all sorts from cycles built for two to roller blades.

The weather cooperated and although it was a pretty warm morning a gentle breeze off the lake kept things bearable. 

Prizes were awarded in each category in four different age groups, plus prizes were also awarded to those who demonstrated a special effort. Various local merchants, personal businesses and other individual sponsors generously donated prizes.

IMG_5151Dogs of all shapes and sizes made the 5 KM trek on Monday morning for Pioneer Park.

IMG_5200Organizer Ann Laudenbach shared a laugh with race official Larry Dalton during the 32nd annual Pioneer Park Fun Race.  

IMG_5203 Eight roller bladders took part in the Fun Race the most in recent years.

IMG_5279Matthew did the heavy lifting during the Fun Race while the cutie in the back waved to the crowd.

IMG_5288Cycling in the Fun Race was a family affair for Kyra Alysworth and her son who was along for the ride (not pictured).  

IMG_5294Shannon Gould was all smiles as she neared the finish line.  

IMG_5297Alister Gilbert has rarely missed a Fun Race, if ever!  

IMG_5300Freya Toccalino sailed across the finish line in style.

IMG_5308Sam and Sara Gundy took to the course on a bicycle built for two.  

IMG_5310Determination helps when approaching the finish line.

IMG_5313Carmen Schmintz, son Matthew Curtis, and daughter Charlie, in tow behind, crossed the finish line to the sounds of applause from the supporters that gathered along Bayfield Terrace.  

DSCN0669Freddy was a proud participant in the Fun Race this year. English was not his first language but volunteers were very helpful in getting him registered to take part. (Photo by Graham Pounder)  

IMG_5358 It was a warm morning for a run but these participants finished strong.

IMG_5365Neil was a bit confused by the crowd waiting for him at the finish line but he got there eventually.



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Pioneer Park sunset view

Pioneer Park sunset view...By Jane Seifried

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



Anyone who attended the Pioneer Park Fun Race on Monday morning may have noticed that the Bayfield Breeze had it covered from literally every angle. In fact, we have a new part-time employee and he’s easy on the payroll. He works for Pokémon cards.

Yes, folks, its Graham-cation time again. Our grandson is with us for the week. We bought him a Nikon Point and Shoot camera for his fourth birthday as he was very interested in using mine. And if that seems young I can tell you I got my first camera at the age of five and my first typewriter at age nine. I am a believer in promoting a hobby or sport at an early age – just no pushing!

So now at the ripe old age of seven I felt he was ready for his first photography assignment. Plus, I told him that if he got a good enough photo I would publish it. In the end he got three print worthy images and you can find them above in this week’s photo story along with his photo credit.

The Breeze gets a different perspective on an annual event and I get to share one of my passions with my grandson, a great start to Graham-cation 2018, I’d say. Now I’m off to buy those Pokémon cards, after all, he earned them. – Gramel


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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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