Bookmark and Share   Nov. 21, 2012   Vol. 4 Week 48 Issue 177

Village's commerce directory first in county 

Representatives from Huron County, Huron Economic Development Partnership (HEDP), the Municipality of Bluewater and the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) unveiled the new Commerce and Community Directory in Clan Gregor Square recently. Pictured l-r are: Douglas Barill, business development coordinator Huron County EDS; Joe Steffler, HEDP; John Grace, chair HEDP; Tyler Hessel, councillor-at-large, Municipality of Bluewater; Bernie Mclellan, warden Huron County and member of HEDP; Roger Lewington, BACC; and Ian Matthew, BACC. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) recently unveiled a first for the county – a Commerce and Community Directory in Clan Gregor Square. The new sign is a partnership with the BACC and Huron County. Similar directories will appear in other communities in the future.

The directory is a map of the core business area in Bayfield and has business and community listings. The directory will provide an easy to find listing and location of businesses, services and community buildings.

According to Roger Lewington of the BACC, “The unique advantage of this directory design is that the map can easily be changed to be up to date.”

The Huron Economic Development Partnership Management Team is led by, Chair, John Grace. He said, “The commerce maps are a new twist on a proven model, they are low cost and they will yield extraordinary benefits to businesses in Huron County.”

Lewington concluded, “We had a delegation of BACC members looking for a directory and we worked with Huron County Business Development and HEDP to make it happen. We are very appreciative of their insight and support of the project."

A second directory in Bayfield is tentatively planned for the coming year, as well as other locations in Huron County.

campaign underway virtual High School makes big splash

Stephen Baker, principal, founder and CEO of Virtual High School Ontario (VHS), presented Mike Dixon, chair of the Bayfield Optimist Club's "Making A Splash" Campaign, (far left) with a cheque for $5,000 recently. The VHS staff took a moment away from their desks to join in the presentation. The donation will be used to help get those sprinklers spraying in Clan Gregor Square in the summer of 2013. The Optimists have now begun their door-to-door canvas of the community to collect donations for the $150,000 plus project. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Optimist Club’s “Making a Splash” Campaign is now ongoing in the community.

Club members and “Friends of Optimists” will be going door-to-door to talk to people about the Splash Pad project and provide them with a letter explaining how they can contribute. The Municipality of Bluewater will provide tax receipts for donations over $25.

This letter will offer details on how people can purchase an engraved brick or park bench to aid in the fundraising.

Canvassers will be wearing “name tags” identifying themselves as being part of the campaign.

Brick walkways similar in design to the existing Bayfield Town Hall and the Clan Gregor Square walkways will be installed around the Splash Pad giving the project a timeless and cohesive look.

If all goes according to plan, the club hopes to have the sprinklers spraying in the park by Canada Day 2013.

Municipality supports quest for Community Safety Zone 

The Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) exists to: represent the interests of permanent and summer residents; maintain the desirable residential features of the village; keep members informed of matters that affect them as ratepayers/tenants; and to foster projects in the interest of the municipality as a whole.

“The council for the Municipality of Bluewater unanimously voted to support the BRA in their quest for Bayfield to receive a Community Safety Zone designation through the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO),” said Sondra Buchner, BRA member.

The BRA will now proceed to make application to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for this designation. If granted drivers through Bayfield when caught speeding may pay up to double the fine.

In addition, the BRA has asked the MTO to make some traffic safety changes on Hwy. 21 including: lower speed limits, paved shoulders for safe passage of cyclists and walkers as well as a "hidden intersection” sign at the entrance of Short Hill Road. The MTO is still at the deliberating stage for these requests.

The BRA will hold their next Board Meeting on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. in the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building. All are welcome to attend.

Ainslie Willock, chair of the BRA reports that one forward thinking Bayfield Ratepayers Association member recently bought memberships for her adult children as Christmas gifts.

“What a great idea!” said Willock. “Two year memberships cost $20 and five years is $40.”

Anyone who wishes to purchase a membership is asked to send along a self-addressed stamped envelope and the BRA will send a receipt and membership cards. The address is: Bayfield Ratepayers Association, Box 508, Bayfield ON N0M 1G0. For more information call Willock at 519-565-2469 or email:

society learns about beans and breaks bread together 

The Bayfield Agricultural Society (BAS) marked the end of another fiscal year by holding its Annual General Meeting on November 16. As is tradition the evening began with a potluck meal at St. Andrew’s United Church. Many remarked that the dessert choices were twice that of the main course dishes.

“This just meant people were forced to fill their plates twice to do justice to all the cooks,” said Doug Yeo, president of the BAS.

Following the potluck those gathered were treated to a guest speaker. Rick Vandewalle, a field marketer for Hensall Co-op, spoke on two of his favorite topics – co-operatives and beans.

According to Yeo, Vandewalle reminded everyone of the importance of cooperatives in our lives. They form to serve a local need and give back to the community. The Hensall Co-op is a great example since it employs over 500 people and buys local commodities and finds markets for them.

Vandewalle went on to explain the nutritional value of the bean and came close to referring to it as the perfect food. The production of Soy Milk, made from soybeans, has grown in the last few years. It is an alternative for those who are lactose intolerant and is the basic drink for several countries whose residents cannot digest milk from cattle.

He statistically positioned Canada as the fourth greatest producer of beans in the world. Canadian beans are regarded highly as they receive rigorous auditing and testing. This work is done to prove sprays or contaminants do not compromise their quality.

The beans from Hensall reach many countries around the world and because of that many new varieties are now being grown in this area to capture markets in specific countries. He talked of the merits of two Japanese beans that get cooked, turned into a paste mixed with sugars, and become the filling for many desserts. These red beans have only a tiny hole in their exterior and will not take on water so they can be left in fields longer. If there is wet weather the farmer does not worry that the bean will be damaged. These beans do not have as high a yield; however, they are worth more per ton.

Vandewalle answered several questions and promised to assist with helping to present information about beans to fairgoers in 2013.

The AGM concluded the evening. Reports were presented and adopted. The financial report indicated that there was a small surplus this past year. Money made from the RCMP Musical Ride was put into a Capital Fund so repairs could be done to buildings as needed.

Yeo thanked the Directors and the many volunteers for the work they had done. He and the Homecraft President, Jean Dunn, presented Honorary Memberships to John Elliott, Hilda Gerger and Ina Fisher, three individuals who have shown leadership and commitment to the BAS. The president also extended thanks to the community who supports the fair financially. The new slate of officers was presented. One Director stepped down and two new people stepped forward to become Directors.

The meeting ended with a slide show of various events through the year. There is always room for more people with new ideas to try for the fair. Anyone wishing to share their ideas and become more active with the fair should call 519 482-9296.

water levels in local streams And rivers recovers slightly

The Water Response Team (WRT) has announced that a Level 1 Low Water Advisory will be in place for the entire watershed area of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) through November at least.

A return of wet weather in October has helped the watershed to begin its recovery from a dry 2012. Rainfall amounts across the entire watershed for October ranged from 100-133 millimetres (mm). These amounts are slightly above what would normally be expected. A higher percentage of rainfall should be available to replenish groundwater and stream flows when taking into consideration a lower demand in water use and the seasonal slow-down in plant growth.

ABCA Lands and Water Technologist Davin Heinbuck said, “We are starting to see some recovery in local watercourses but stream flows remain low.”

Monthly stream flows across the watershed are at only 25 per cent of normal October flows.

“Stream flows are the best visual indicator of recovery, and although we have seen improvements in both rainfall and stream flows, we will be cautious until we see a recovery back to seasonal levels,” said Heinbuck.

Water Response Team Chair Mike Tam said that stream flows are still low relative to normal for this time of year “so we are still asking water users to voluntarily reduce the amount of water they use by at least 10 per cent.”

There are three levels of low-water advisories. Level 1, the least serious, asks water users to voluntarily reduce use by 10 per cent. Level 2 is more serious and asks for an additional 10 per cent voluntarily water use reduction for a total of 20 per cent. A Level 3 low-water advisory would be the most serious and could include mandatory water use restrictions for holders of permits-to-take-water.

The WRT was formed in 2001 in response to the low-water conditions that year and the team has been active ever since. The WRT includes representatives of major water users (such as aggregate industries, agriculture and vegetable growers, and golf and recreation) and includes local municipal representatives and staff of provincial departments (such as Natural Resources; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; and Ministry of the Environment).

ABCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and stream-flow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions. Visit for further resources on the Ontario low-water response program or the ABCA website at and view the dynamic low-water advisory tool which alerts people to low-water advisories in effect in the watershed.

Well-known food writer to speak at next society meeting

Author, food critic and local restaurateur, Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh is the featured speaker at the next Speaker’s Series evening hosted by the Bayfield Historical Society on Nov. 26.

The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.

Sloan-McIntosh is one of Canada’s great food writers. She has been writing about food, wine and travel for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, Homemaker’s, Wine Tidings, and many other publications. In addition, she is the author of many cook and travel books including two that won the Cuisine Canada Silver Award, “The Sticks & Stones Cookbook” and “A Year In Niagara”. She co-authored the “Wine Lover Cooks” and “Great Potatoes”. Her latest book published since she has been in Bayfield is “300 Best Potato Recipes”.

She is co-owner of Bayfield’s The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro, a popular local eatery with an innovative menu and an extraordinary selection of beers and scotches. Under Sloan-McIntosh’s direction, The Black Dog takes its “think globally, eat locally” mandate seriously with seasonal menus that feature as many local foods as they are able to source. Anyone who has tried her soda bread using Arva milled flour knows that she is also a superb baker. Most recently she won the People’s Choice Award at the Grand Bend Chowder Cook-off with her Thai Fish Chowder using pickerel.

There is no charge to hear Sloan-McIntosh speak and all are welcome to attend.

Come do a little historical shopping at the archives room

The Bayfield Archives Room is expanding not only in size but in materials that they offer for sale. This is all round good news for local history buffs.

"The Bayfield Archives plans to expand back into the old library space early next year when the library moves to the new building. In its efforts to raise funds for the expansion, the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is promoting a number of unique historical products,” said Bill Rowat, president of the BHS.

Artist Elaine Dowler, now residing in Goderich, has over the years captured many Main Street scenes in her distinctive watercolors. Twenty-four limited edition prints of two of Dowler’s depictions of Main Street completed in the 1970s are now available exclusively through the BHS. Prints of “Maggie’s Wardrobe” and “Sinnamon’s Market” were developed from the originals and donated by Helen and Terry Lazaravitch. Dowler has signed each of the 24 prints. They are selling for $200 each and are available at Marten Arts Gallery and the archives room.

In addition, new seasonal greeting cards featuring winter scenes of stores on Main Street from the 1970s Riordon water color series for sale. A bundle of 10 cards with envelopes are available for $15. Plus there are still copies of “For the Love of Bayfield” by Dave Gillians, published this past spring, available for sale for $35. Both cards and books can be purchased not only at the archives room but also at The Village Bookshop.

The sale of the prints, cards and books will help defray the costs of the 2013 Bayfield Archives Room expansion. The archives room is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.


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A number of folks came away winners at the conclusion of St. Andrew’s United Church “Holly Berry” Bazaar held over the Christmas in Bayfield weekend. Lloyd Cooper and J. Salmon were the winners of the two quilts that were raffled. Bruce Koehler took home the $50 money tree. Joy Masseo is shown in this photograph preparing to draw the tickets of the lucky winners. (Submitted photo)


aviva voting

The Optimist Club of Bayfield would like to encourage everyone in the community to vote for the Bayfield Splash Pad project in the third round of voting in the AVIVA Community Fund Competition from now until Nov. 26.

This is the club’s last chance to make it to the semi-final round of voting and need everyone in the municipality and beyond to get involved and remembering to vote everyday.

If the club makes it to the finals they could share in a portion of one million dollars in grant money being offered by AVIVA insurance. Any amount granted would be a great help in raising the approximately $150,000 needed to construct a Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square.

All people need to vote is an email address, they can vote once a day per address, it is important to remember to vote everyday and to spread the word to others. To register and vote go to: Aviva.

People who are AVIVA Insurance customers can also encourage their brokers to become supporters of the project to generate even more votes. Elliott Nixon Ins. Services of Blyth, P.A. Roy Insurance Brokers of Clinton and Wingham, Van Allen Insurance in Listowel and Omni Insurance in London are currently supporting the Splash Pad project.

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The Bayfield Optimist Club's Toy Chest Raffle will result in one lucky person winning this handmade wooden chest filled to overflowing with a whole lot of fabulous toys. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

A delightful chest filled to overflowing with toys for boys and girls of all ages may sound like a holiday dream but for one lucky person it will be reality come Dec. 9.

The Bayfield Optimist Club is once again holding a raffle on a handcrafted and hand painted wooden toy chest filled with Christmas wishes. The chest replete with toys was unveiled at the Homes for the Holiday Tour and on display in the village during Christmas in Bayfield weekend festivities. Tickets are available now from Optimist members and at the Bayfield Village Inn.

Toy chest tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The draw on the chest will be made at Breakfast with Santa to be held at the Bayfield Village Inn on Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

town hall

On Nov. 30 the Bayfield Town Hall will welcome back the London Citadel Salvation Army Band for their seventeenth annual Christmas Concert. Their appearance on the town hall stage is a holiday tradition for many and should not be missed. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held on Dec. 7.


The London Citadel Band got its start in 1883. By the early 1900s the band was in demand and performed in such cities as Windsor and Detroit. In the last 129 years the groups’ horizons have broadened considerably and they have traveled to England twice as well as the west coast of Canada and parts of the USA.

Bandmaster John Lam, a native of Owen Sound, joined the band in 1985. Ten years later he became Bandmaster and that year he brought the band to the town hall. Since then they have returned annually except for one year when they were “snowed out”.

Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are selling for $10 per person.

For tickets call Charles Kalbfleisch at 519 565-2244 or Patricia McDougall at 519 565-2572 or online at

Coincidentally, the Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, the same year that the Bayfield Town Hall was built. All proceeds from the concert will go to The Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society for the maintenance of the hall.

lions' club

A sure sign that Christmas is just around the corner is the ever-popular Bayfield Lions’ Club’s Turkey Bingo to be held at the Bayfield Arena on Dec. 3.

This year sixteen turkeys will be available to be won along with draws and door prizes. There will also be several share-the-wealth games played as well.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the Bingo calling begins at 7 p.m.

CPH Auxiliary

For many Bayfield residents Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) is their choice for healthcare and therefore an annual event organized by the Auxiliary to the CPH should be of interest.

People are encouraged to give the “Gift of Light” this upcoming holiday season. They can purchase a light for the CPH Gift of Light Tree as a present or in memory of someone special. Tickets for a light are available now for $5 each and are available from CPH Auxiliary members, at the CPH Gift Shop, CPH Admitting or from Shirley Carter at 519 482-7776.

The money raised is used to purchase needed hospital equipment.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the entrance to the hospital on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment, refreshments and draws follow the lighting of the lights.

Bayfield Calendar

The Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce would like to make folks aware that some of the dates in their 2013 calendar are incorrect. Anyone who has already purchased a calendar may pick up correction stickers at The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Archives Room, Outside Projects, Bayfield Library, Main Street Optometric, Brandon’s Hardware, This N’ That and Inspirations.

The incorrect dates are:
* Good Friday - March 29 not Apr. 5
* Easter Sunday - March 31 not Apr. 7
* Easter Monday - April 1 not Apr. 8
* Labor Day - Sept. 2 not Sept. 9
* Thanksgiving Day – Oct. 14 not Oct. 7

united church

Church musician and composer, Ron Klusmeier’s “Canada Wide Tour of a Lifetime” is coming to Bayfield’s St. Andrew’s United Church on Nov. 25.

After 40 years of traveling across the country offering concerts, workshops and worship leading Klusmeier is retiring at of this 200-community tour that will wrap up in June of 2013.

The concert is being held in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFB) and The United Church Observer and 25 per cent of sales will be donated directly to the CFB.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now $20 for adults and $5 for children 16 years and under.

During the day, the composer himself will lead a free workshop, entitled, “The Music of Ron Klusmeier. The workshop will run from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register in advance.
A second workshop will be offered on the subject of “Projection and Technology” with Christina Bogucki. Those who take part will “learn how to effectively use projection and other technology tools in the contest of worship”. The cost for this workshop is $30 per person.

To register and/or for tickets call 519 565-2854 or 519 565-2479.

film society

The final film of the Bayfield Film Society Fall Series will be shown on Dec. 13 and is titled, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.

The film review describes it as a form of poetry, attached to images real and magical. The main character is a six year-old girl named Hushpuppy (played by Quvenzhané Wallis). It is said she exudes pure soulfulness in her role of bayou defender Hushpuppy. Her homespun mysticism suits The Bathtub, the southern Louisiana bayou backwater where she lives with her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), and an assortment of rowdy neighbors. They all live on the untamed side of “the wall that cuts us off,” which is how Hushpuppy describes the levee that separates The Bathtub from the big city beyond.

The big, bad world intrudes not long after Mother Nature does, forcing unhappy choices for the people of The Bathtub and some fast growing-up for Hushpuppy.
For all of its mystical elements, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a coming-of-age story, anchored by one of the most affecting young performers in recent memory.

The films start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Seating is limited. Tickets can be ordered from Jane Rowat by e-mail: or by calling 519 565-5838.

bayfield concert series

Canadian singer-song writers are the focus of the Bayfield Concert Series and the artists set to appear at the Bayfield Town Hall over the next few months are all highly qualified.

Meades Bros. Productions will be bringing to the village Juno Award Winner, Meaghan Smith, on Dec. 6 and multiple Juno Award Winner, Sarah Slean, on Feb. 15.

Om Yoga Studio in Grand Bend is sponsoring the Smith concert, with London Life acting as sponsor for Slean show. The Smith concert is priced at $30 a person while the Slean show is $40.

Both shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with doors to the town hall opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are available now from They can also be purchased in Bayfield at The Black Dog Pub and Bistro or Luxe Clothing Co.

Fitness Fun

Badminton has started at the Stanley Complex in Varna. The games begin at 7 p.m. No equipment or experience needed.

One Care sponsored Pole Walking is a popular fitness opportunity in Bayfield. Walks for women are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and walks for men Mondays and Fridays. The start time is 8:30 a.m. Walks depart from 6 Main Street, after walking, 10 minutes of stretches are conducted in beautiful Clan Gregor Square.

“Guys on the Go” meet at 6 Main Street on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. What’s on the agenda? Anything goes – biking, hiking, snowshoeing.

One Care continues to sponsor several programs for both men and women to keep up with their desire to stay fit.

Total Body Fit classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The classes are held at the Bayfield Community Centre. The cost is $4 per class.

Stronger Seniors classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. On Fridays a Gentle Stretch Class is offered at 10:15 a.m. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre and cost $2 per class.

A Gentle Yoga Class is held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $4 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat.

For more information on the above exercise opportunities call 519 565-2202 or 519 565-5638  






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. You can view the entire Collection of Remember Me Photos: Volume 2 on Flickr as well.

This week, we feature a photo from the 1930s of the Trinity Anglican Church class. Does anyone remember them?

Remember Me 177

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



Remember Me 175

In Issue 175, an image from the Remembrance Day service in Clan Gregor Square in November 1969. Records indicate that Rev. Beck Harrison is one of the individuals in this photograph.


Remember 176

In Issue 176, Jackie Thompson recognized the lads in this photo to be her cousins, Bobbie and Billie Parker. The image was taken in the 1940s. A notation included with the photo mentions that the cannon in the picture was moved to Clan Gregor Square from Signal Point but was donated for scrap during World War II.




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unique family christmas event

the gingerbread pirates sing with glee

Two of The Glee Sisters, Pat McDougall (left) and Sondra Buchner sing during "The Gingerbread Pirates in Story and Song" performed for a full house at the Bayfield Town Hall on Nov. 10.

The performance was also a fundraiser for a worthy cause. Monetary donations and/or non-perishable food items collected at the event were to be shared between the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) in Exeter and the Bayfield Food Bank.

More than 50 children plus just as many children at heart gathered together for an afternoon of holiday delight.

The Glee Sisters Choir was led by Leslie Bella (left) who also portrayed a famous mouse during the concert.

Youngsters were paired with their elders to "Rock Around the Clock".

Several children, including this young man, were riveted by the story "The Gingerbread Pirates". A projection system allowed for the pages of the book to come to life on a large screen as it was read aloud.

Anyone who missed The Glee Sisters performance of “The Gingerbread Pirates” can catch it again on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Day Centre in Goderich or at Goderich Place at 3 p.m.


Among the hustle and bustle of Christmas in Bayfield Weekend there was time to slow down and hear a festive story. On Nov. 10, the Bayfield Town Hall and The Village Bookshop teamed up to present a unique family Christmas event where people couldshare in some Christmas cheer and help feed those who may otherwise go hungry over the holidays.

“The Gingerbread Pirates in Story and Song” was held at the Bayfield Town Hall and more than 50 children plus just as many children at heart gathered together for an afternoon of holiday delight. The event featured a reading of Kristin Kladstrup’s book, "The Gingerbread Pirates " by Mary Beth Larone and Judy Keightley combined with music by The Glee Sisters. Choir members played the parts of Santa Claus, Arlene Timmons, Mickey Mouse, Leslie Bella; the “Mother” Major General, Janet Nelson; and the Pirate King, Sondra Buchner. Music was adapted from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance", together with familiar songs of the season.

The first 20 families with children to arrive at the event were presented with a free copy of “The Gingerbread Pirates” due to the generosity of local friends of youth, the Optimist Club of Bayfield.

Monetary donations and/or non-perishable food items collected at the event were to be shared between the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Center (HCFBDC) in Exeter and the Bayfield Food Bank.

The Bayfield Town Hall, The Village Bookshop, Bayfield Optimists, Tim Horton's and Random House of Canada were sponsors of the event.

The Glee Sister's have a number of performances scheduled between now and Christmas: Nov. 23, “The Gingerbread Pirates” at 1 p.m. at the Day Centre in Goderich and then at Goderich Place at 3 p.m. with a social time to follow; Dec. 6, Memorial for the Montreal Massacre at the band shell in Harbour Park in Goderich at 7 p.m.; Dec. 14, A Christmas Concert at 2:30 p.m. at Huronlea in Brussells with a social time to follow.

The choir members report that they are now on Facebook, visit “Glee Sisters Choir”.

Janet Nelson commanded attention as the "Mother" Major General.


Blanche Savage enthusiastically led a section of the audience in the singing of a round.


Arlene Timmons as Santa Claus.


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Kristin Kladstrup’s book, "The Gingerbread Pirates " was read by Mary Beth Larone (left) and Judy Keightley. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)


Sondra Buchner entertained the crowd as the swashbuckling Pirate King.




PIXILATED — image of the week

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Low Water...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







Melody Falconer-Pounder


Have you ever wished you had more friends? I’ve always been fairly content with the stellar ones I have until the local Optimist Club entered the Aviva Community Fund Competition. There just doesn’t seem to be enough people to recruit to get the numbers we need to make it into the Top 10 of the final round of voting.

Still we’re like the little engine that could. We started things off on Oct. 1 and have gradually added votes and supporters each round. In fact if there was a round four I think we could pull it off. We currently sit 27th out of 564 projects entered in the $100,000 to $150,000 category. Not bad for a community of 1,000 people up against some larger centers. To make it into the Top 10 we need to more than double our votes. But we still have six days. We have the power of social media and email and saying to those folks we encounter face-to-face, “Hey have you voted for the Splash Pad yet?”

I may not have enough friends alone but my friends have friends and you reading this you have friends too. Please invite them to register and vote for the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad for Youth project in the Aviva Community Fund Competition. All you need is an email address; if privacy is a concern, create an email address expressly for the competition, this is what I did. Only together can we make it to the Semi Finals that start Dec. 3 and only if all of our friends remember to vote not just once but once everyday for the next six days – voting closes Nov. 26 at noon. - Melody

P.S. Here is the link:

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 519-565-2443.
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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
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Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder