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lobB to serve as auctioneer at collector show special event

MP Ben Lobb will once again act as auctioneer at the Live Auction of "locivore" products held as part of the 14th annual Collector Show and Exhibition on Saturday. This fun new event was added alongside the silent auction last year. This photo taken during the 2013 auction shows Lobb and Teresa Van Raay, of The Whole Pig, near Dashwood, sharing a laugh as the bidding began on a cooler full of her family's pork products. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

A live auction of local food products will be a highlight of the 14th annual Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) Collector Show and Exhibition to be held on April 12-13.

The event will be held at the Bayfield Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The live auction will immediately follow the Opening Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and MP Ben Lobb will again serve as auctioneer.

The exhibition will feature an assortment of collections from around South Western Ontario. The collectors are eager to explain the history of their objects and why they are passionate about their collections. The show has become known as the largest and best-attended collectors’ exhibition in South Western Ontario.

In addition to the collectors’ displays and the live auction, there will be a silent auction with over 100 items donated by local merchants and friends of the BHS. The silent auction closes at 4 p.m. on the Sunday.

Tim Saunders, local antiques expert, will again this year offer his ever-popular Antiques Appraisal Service (on the Sunday only) to assess the provenance and value of people’s treasures.

For further information on the event, please contact Phil Gemeinhardt at 519 482-9230 or Binnie Sturgeon at 519 565-2376.

Birds topic of first garden club meeting of season 

Despite remaining piles of ice and snow and the lack of warm and sunny days – spring is here and the exciting time of year for gardeners has begun.

The first meeting of the Bayfield Garden Club will be held on Apr. 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Lions Community Building.

The guest speaker will be Steve Jenkins. He is wild about birds and has a multitude of the feathered visitors stopping by the Porter’s Hill Wild Bird Seed Company shop, located on Mill Road in Bayfield. Jenkins will share his stories about birds, their special preferences, habits and how to attract them to the garden.

Everyone is most welcome to come out for the evening to enjoy the speaker and to chat with friends and neighbors while having refreshments.

The Bayfield Garden Club program continues through to November with opportunities to listen to speakers, learn from other members, socialize at garden parties, share potluck suppers and a trip in early summer. The complete program schedule of speakers, suppers, trips and workshops can be obtained by becoming a member. A membership drive will be held at the Bayfield Lions Home and Garden Show on Apr. 25-27.

The Bayfield Garden Club is an active community group whose members make a contribution to the Bluewater/Bayfield scene by contributing in horticultural events.

“We do our best to make our town shine for the Communities in Bloom contest called Bluewater Blooms locally,” said Susan Beatty, garden club member. “We won five out of five blooms in the 2013 contest! In 2014, the floral colors are red, orange and royal purple with lime green accent. Shops and homes alike, please make these your floral colors this year.”

According to Beattie, the club was so pleased with the beautiful new Bayfield Public Library that they donated the three urns that decorate the front of the building. Be on the lookout for daffodils, tulips and pansies sprouting up in these urns soon.

“You’ve probably seen our work around Bayfield where we are involved in looking after the garden beds in Clan Gregor Square, the Triangle (entrance to Clan Gregor Square), the entrance to Bayfield and lots of other public gardens and planters. There are lots of opportunities to learn and help out in the community. Please feel free to come out to a meeting and enjoy the speaker and the company. We’d love to have you,” she said.

Hunting for something to do Thursday? How about a movie 

The Hunt movie poster

The Bayfield Film Society’s spring season is well underway. On Apr. 10, The Hunt will be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall on Apr. 10.

The film will be viewed starting at 7:30 p.m. Admittance for single films is $10 at the door.

Reviews for The Hunt state that it is: “Gripping, smartly written, and anchored by a strong performance from Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt asks difficult questions -- and has the courage to face the answers head on.”

Mikkelsen won Best Actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his performance noted to be “a nuanced portrait of a fundamentally decent man grappling with a world that has decided to treat him indecently.”

The spring schedule also includes the films: The Attack and Our Man In Tehran.

 huge selection for avid readers at just books sale 

Some members of Bayfield Guiding display age appropriate reading material that has been donated to their "Just Books Sale" to be held at the Bayfield Village in on Apr. 12-13. A tremendous selection of books has been donated for the sale and the girls are thankful for their generosity. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

Bayfield Guiding and the Camp Klahanie Friends Association will be hosting a “Just Books Sale” at the Bayfield Village Inn on Apr. 12 and 13.

With proceeds being shared between Bayfield Guiding and Camp Klahanie, organizers note it is shaping up to be their biggest and best book sale ever.

The donations of gently used books have been tremendous. There is a large selection of books for preschoolers, junior readers, teens and young adults. There is an entire room devoted exclusively to adult fiction and lots of current titles are available too. And in another room people will find books on a myriad of interests from travel to knitting. This book sale is the perfect opportunity to stock up on spring and summer reading with prices ranging from 25 cents to $4.

The sale itself will be held on the Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Bayfield Guiding will be using their portion of the funds to attend Rally Day 2014 at Canada’s Wonderland. Members of Girl Guides from across Ontario and Nunavut will gather at Kingswood for a day of sisterhood followed by an opportunity to explore the theme park.
Camp Klahanie will also share in a portion of the funds raised.

Located on Black’s Point Road West just south of Goderich off Hwy. 21 the camp was purchased in the late summer of 2013 by the Goderich Lions Club from Girl Guides of Canada after a four year struggle to realize this goal by both club members and the Camp Klahanie Friends Association.

Work began almost immediately at the camp after four years of neglect. One of the goals of the Camp Klahanie Board of Directors and Lions members is to provide better facilities for co-ed camping opportunities. A second handicapped accessible building with washrooms and showers is needed to realize this goal. In addition there are dreams of having a hiking trail around the property and camping “bunkies” for campers to fully enjoy camping in nature. Beyond the dreams there is a real need to replace the roof on the kitchen building and picnic shelter in the very near future. And upgrades to the kitchen are also necessary.

The Bayfield Village Inn is located just north of Bayfield at the corner of Hwy. 21 and Bayfield River Road.


Try Lacrosse

The Bayfield Arena Community Partners have invited Outlaws Lacrosse to host a clinic known as, “Try Lacrosse” at the Bayfield Arena on Apr. 9.

Youth with little or no lacrosse experience are invited to come out for a hands-on training session by certified coaches. The clinic will run for one hour starting at 7 p.m.

Those who wish to take part should bring a hockey helmet with mask, running shoes, hockey or lacrosse gloves and a parent to sign a waiver. Lacrosse sticks will be provided.

To learn more contact Honey Montgomery at 519 357-3272 or visit

books and brunch 

The next installment of Books and Brunch will be held on May 4th at The Little Inn of Bayfield.

The Village Bookshop will be hosting author Steven Galloway at this event. He will speak about his new novel, “The Confabulist”.

The event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by contacting Mary at 519 565-5600.

optimist club 

Nearly 60 pounds of chocolate, molded into the shape of Easter eggs, will be worth its weight in gold to countless youngsters when it is tossed on the lawn in Clan Gregor Square for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The club members are also very “hoppy” to announce that there will be an extra special guest at this year’s hunt.

Hosted by the Bayfield Optimist Club the hunt will begin precisely at 1 p.m. on Apr. 20.

Those youngsters who participate in the event are reminded to bring a container to collect their chocolate treasures in and remember the hunt happens very quickly so be sure to be on time.

Tickets will also be sold for the raffle of a basket filled with Easter treats and toys. Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5. The sale of these tickets helps cover the hunt expenses and the ongoing work the Bayfield Optimist Club does for youth in the community.

Lions' Club

The 17th annual Bayfield Lions' Home and Garden Show will again take place at the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre, Apr. 25-27.

The schedule will be: Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free to view over 60 exhibitors who will present their products and services. In addition, valuable door prizes, face painting for the kids, demonstrations and an enlarged food court will also be highlights.

A very limited number of booth spaces are available. Contact John Reeve at 519 565-5530 or visit for more information.

Tree Sale

The 2013 Five Blooms Winning Bluewater Communities in Blooms Committee (BCIBC) will be hosting an Earth Day Tree Sale on Apr. 26 at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 38572 Mill Road.

Trees ranging in height from two to six feet will be available for sale with prices varying from $20-30. The varieties of trees offered are White Cedar, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, White Spruce, Austrian Pine, White Pine, Sugar “Hard” Maple, Red Oak, Bur Oak, Serviceberry, Sycamore and Tulip Trees.

There is a 10 trees per person limit and the trees are available first come, first serve. Cash only will be accepted. The trees were purchased from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. The sale will commence at 8:30 a.m. and end when the last tree is sold.
For more information regarding the tree sale please contact Nellie Evans at 519 236-4351 Ext. 236.

cPH Auxiliary 

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

A sure sign that spring has arrived is the annual CPH Auxiliary Card Cavalcade.

It will be held in Bayfield on Apr. 11 at St. Andrew’s United Church. Bridge will be played at 1 p.m. followed by Euchre at 7 p.m.

All in the community are invited to attend and have fun in support of their local hospital.

ratepayer's association 

The Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA) occasionally sends out emails to update their membership on important happenings. They are finding that their email list is in need of updating as emails are becoming increasingly undeliverable.

If you're a member or friend of the BRA (or would like to be) and haven't had an email from them this week, please email and ask that your email contact be included in their list.

knox church 

Knox Presbyterian Church is once again holding their Mother’s Day Potted Plant Sale.

The beautiful, healthy potted plant arrangements are provided through Huron Ridge Acres. The pre-potted arrangements this year include: a multi colored patio pot, a Geranium urn and hanging baskets of Million Dollar Bells – in shades of both pink and earth tones and a six-pack of Geraniums.

Wanting to plant specific bedding plants, herbs, shrub roses etc., or to give a unique hostess gift or Mother’s Day gift? Gift cards are also available in $10 denominations. All planters and the six-pack of geraniums are $20 each, including HST, and delivered to your door.

Proceeds from this sale will help the congregation of Knox Church fund their fifth summer day camp held in Bayfield and provided by Camp Kintail.

Order deadline is Apr. 13 with delivery on May 9. Please order through any member of the congregation or call 519 565-5238.

tai chi 

Lift your spirit and renovate your body by joining Taoist Tai Chi classes. Beginner classes are being offered in Bayfield in April.

The Taoist tradition teaches that a person's health depends on the harmony of body and mind. Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi, drawing on a rich lineage of Taoist training, offers a variety of activities to help people with their physical, mental and spiritual health at all stages of their life. Practice of the Taoist arts can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and circulation and can help calm the mind and cultivate the heart, transforming one into a healthier and more harmonious person. People may immediately experience the benefits of these arts through the gentle yet powerful movement of Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi. All are welcome to attend these classes taught by accredited, volunteer instructors.

An one-hour Open House for Taoist Tai Chi will be held on Apr. 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Two-hour Beginner classes will start on Apr. 10 starting at 9 a.m. in the same location. For more information call Doug Brown at 519 565-5187.






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.

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, a photo taken out in the field – does anyone remember these folks? (Archives Code: B13 22a)

PB13 22a Remember 249



PB13 12b Remember 247 

In Issue 247, as spring continues to tease us, a lovely shot of young ladies amid the daisies. The only note with the picture is “Etta Merner” perhaps someone knows more? (Archives Code: PB13 12b)


PB13 24a Remember 248

In Issue 248, could these gentlemen be boiling down the sap for maple syrup? Records indicate that Tom Snowdon is in this picture. Can anyone identify which person he is or recall the other person’s name? (Archives Code: PB13 24a)




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King george VI and the mustard family history entwined in the branches of a butternut tree


There is a King George VI’s Butternut Tree alive and standing tall in Bayfield. That's right. If you go along Old River Road, just north east of the Highway #21 bridge to house #34945, you can see a mature butternut tree right there beside the front steps of the house with a plaque on a rock next to it.

The plaque states that the tree was planted in 1939 from a nut given to Thornton Mustard by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It was in recognition of his work as the principal of the Toronto Normal School, where he taught teachers how to teach. As the King and Queen were in Toronto on May 22, 1939, as part of a cross-Canada tour by train, it's likely the nut was presented during that visit. Just months later, Thornton died with the sinking of the Athenia by a German U-boat on Sept. 3, 1939.

This butternut tree was planted in 1939 from a nut given to Thornton Mustard by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It was in recognition of his work as the principal of the Toronto Normal School.

While George VI awarded tree nuts, there's also a long history of tree planting for special occasions and the UK's Woodland Trust, in 2011, created a "Royal Record of Tree Planting for King George VI's Coronation in 1936/7" (including trees planted in Canada). The Record was in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

It was in 1907, soon after Thornton Mustard and his wife Pearl, both from Clinton, were married that they bought the property from Thornton's brother for a summer house. They became parents to one daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) and four boys, Charles, Donald, William (Bill) and Neil. The original summer home is west of the tree, at #34913 Old River Rd. Thornton likely planted the nut far away from the cottage because the nuts and leaves, like all walnut trees, stain. Frank and Betty (Mustard) Burch, built the house directly beside the butternut tree in 1972. Both homes are still in the family.

The tree is recognized by a commemorative plaque.

Thornton Mustard had a saying, "It's not what you get but what you give to your community that makes you rich."

The Mustard Family has strong connections to Bayfield and you can learn more about them by reading Issue 209 of the Bayfield Breeze, dated July 3, 2013, about their donation of bricks and benches in support of the Clan Gregor Square Splash Pad.

You can also listen to an audio tape (Tape #75 "Recollections of Bayfield" dated, June 24, 1991) at the Archives where Betty (Mustard) Burch talks about her father taking the train on Friday nights to Clinton from Toronto where he worked. He would then walk from Clinton to Bayfield to visit his family. He would return to work the same way on Sundays.

Also referred to as "white walnut", the nuts of butternut trees, are consumed by humans, mice, squirrels, deer and cottontail rabbits. They drop from the tree around October, after the leaves have fallen. Like black walnut trees, they produce juglone that is toxic to some plant species. Butternut trees are shorter (12-18 m) than walnut trees (20-30 m). The trees need be part of the canopy, as they don't survive under it. The wood is two-thirds as heavy as black walnut and is colored brown rather than walnut black. It's soft and easily worked and was often used for trim and church altars.

In 2008, Thornton's tree was measured by Steve Bowers, now retired from the Ministry of Natural Resources, as having a height of 20 m and a diameter of 74.5 cm. It's pictured on the Huron Stewardship web page under "Honor Role of Trees in Huron and Perth Counties." The largest specimen in Ontario is in the Niagara Region and it was measured in 1975 as having a height of 24.5 m and a diameter of 116 cm.

In 2005, Environment Canada listed butternut trees as a Nationally Endangered Species. In Ontario, it's listed as an Endangered Species under the Provincial Endangered Species Act. That Act requires you to get a permit to cut down a native butternut tree; you don't need a permit if you have a confirmed hybrid. This is determined through DNA testing.

The reason why native butternut trees (Juglans cinerea) are endangered and dying is that a fungus enters the tree through buds or existing wounds, allowing a secondary disease called "Butternut Canker" to develop. The fungus kills the cambium layer in elongated patches called "cankers." They expand to encircle branches and stems and cut off the flow of water and nutrients, causing the tree to slowly die. In early spring and summer, cankers may ooze a dark fluid that dries to form patches. The disease usually starts at the crown of the tree and is hard to spot until the top branches die. The fungus is spread by a number of vectors, including the nuts, consequently, butternut trees are easily infected. The tree will take several years to die, as cankers develop and spores are released and rainwater spreads the disease throughout the tree. It was first reported in 1967.

It's a short-lived tree, around 75-100 years, compared to sugar maples that live 250 years and more. Butternut trees like to grow on moist, fertile, well-drained soil. So the spot at the top of the river bank works well. The tree looks as if it may have avoided the canker but would be in its last years, as it is 75 years old this year. If it's a hybrid, it's safe from the canker.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority lists native butternut in our watershed and many surrounding watersheds. There's a conservation program visit:

This article was written for the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee. Sources: Trees of the Carolinian Forest, 2003 by Gerry Waldron; Butternut Tree: Ontario Species at Risk Landowner's Resource Guide funded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Canada, Woodland Trust press release "George VI's jubilee tree planting record goes online," dated February 22, 2012, McLean (Mustard) Family, Wikipedia and Youtube.





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Lake Huron closeup...By Bonnie Sitter

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Melody Falconer-Pounder


So this weekend is Cookie Days across Canada and the members of Bayfield Guiding will be selling cookies at Bayfield Foodland on Saturday and Sunday as well as the Suncoast Mall in Goderich on Saturday. It is an exciting time for these young entrepreneurs so I hope people will consider buying a box of chocolate and vanilla classics when they are greeted by their smiling faces.

And as if we weren’t busy enough we are also having a book sale on Saturday and Sunday and sharing the proceeds with our favorite place to go camping as a group - Camp Klahanie. We invited the community to share gently used books with us and they certainly have. This past weekend it was like the sky opened and books fell out of it. My team of “wanna-be” librarians has been sorting and pricing and we will be ready for the book lovers that will hopefully stream through the doors of the Bayfield Village Inn. Really if you are looking to stock up on spring and summer reading material this will be a sale not to be missed! And having handled almost all of the thousands of titles that have come in I will certainly be able to tell you if we’ve got your favorite authors in stock. Hope to see you on the weekend! - Melody


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