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“I live in Norfolk County but I am from Port Dover”

Writer questions purpose of changes at fire hall This letter was sent to Norfolk’s County Manager David Cribbs with a copy to The Maple Leaf. DEAR Mr Cribbs; I am a life long resident of Port Dover, and I work as a Community Developer for two local government non profits. I have owned my home […]

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Port Dover businessman sees problems with sidewalk patios & offers some solutions

I’M not “anti-development” and I hope this is not considered as a rant, though I know some feel that way. I care about Port Dover enough that when I see things I do not think are good for this town, our family’s town, our friend’s town, I can’t help but to voice my opinion. My […]

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At one time, Goosey Island was surrounded by Silver Lake. The watertower, at right above, was in the park on Main St. north at St. Andrew Street.

Silver Lake has had a huge impact on Port Dover

SILVER Lake has been a hot topic in the papers lately, and so it should be. It’s an iconic piece of Port Dover. I knew it as my playground. When I was young, it was where I would hang out. We would create hockey rinks on it, and spend endless days swimming in it. Heck, […]

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Christmas is all about the traditions

By Jan Dean WE may complain that Christmas is too commercial and the holiday season starts earlier every year — but that doesn’t stop us from wanting the same kind of Christmas experience we had as children. We especially want to create that special Christmas for our children and grandchildren. Even those who work in […]

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Burying the power lines on Main Street is vital

  When the Port Dover Enhancement Association, the Port Dover Board of Trade and Norfolk County, in partnership, obtained funding from OMAFRA to revitalize Port Dover’s downtown, the project proposed to “significantly improve the appearance, safety and economic viability of the downtown” with the implementation of “upgraded street lighting, tree planting, directional signage, street furniture, […]

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Condos pay for services “for which we do not receive”

I would also like to add to Terry Seawright’s letter of Feb 19th re the unequal taxation vs the services that Condominium owners receive in Norfolk County. Mr. Seawright nicely summarized “condominium ownership” and the associated taxation frustrations in his letter. Our taxes for our 48 homes on Lakeshore Road pay for but do not […]

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Somerset Drive condo owner outlines their lower level of County services at same tax rate

I’d like to build on Richard O’Mara’s letter in the Feb. 12 edition, in which he noted that the word “condominium” denotes the type of ownership of a property, not the type of property. Thus high-rise towers, multi-level townhouses, bungalow townhouses, even single-family detached homes can all be condos. But many people mistakenly equate the […]

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“In one word — liability!”

Councillor Wells writes the problem at Misner Dam Like most of the citizens of Port Dover, I am extremely disappointed in the slowness of Norfolk County’s efforts to repair Misner Dam, so we can restore Silver Lake back to its “Glory Days.” Three years ago, at a council-in-committee meeting – councillors agreed to recommend to […]

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Letters to the Editor for October 23

Writer says The Ivey Falls is a natural waterfall The Oxford dictionary defines a dam as a barrier built across a stream to raise its level. There was such a structure on a heritage property, the site of the second oldest home in Port Dover. The Ivey Falls originated in the aftermath of the departure […]

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Writer hopes for moratorium on Avalon Park wind project

I read with interest, the article of July 24th, 2013 in the Maple Leaf “Local Debate on Wind Turbines”. For those homeowners in an area where there are Wind Turbines being erected or plans to do so, it has been a great frustration and concern. Of the four property owners in the Avalon Park, Port […]

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Hunter’s journey back to health has begun

Hunter with his mom, Mandy Weaver. Hunter Dorish has been undergoing radiation on a tumour located in an inoperable spot on his brain stem. A fundraiser for the family is being held June 28th. By STAN MORRIS A familiar comment frequently repeated, “it takes an entire community to raise a child” is appropriate in the […]

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Mayor outlines Norfolk County’s position on Misner Dam

In response to the letter by Mr Bill Smallcombe, (Maple Leaf, May 15; Reformer, May 22, 2013) everyone needs to know that: 1. I and Councillors were invited to the meeting by the Friends of Silver Lake (FOSL) and readily accepted; 2. The questions posed to me, as Council’s spokesperson, were either developed by the FOSL or […]

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Misner Dam Letters From Residents

  I would like to thank the members of the Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association, Norfolk Council members, the good citizens of Port Dover and other elected officials and staff of municipal and provincial governments as well as Mr. John Vallee for attending the Town Hall Meeting held in Port Dover on May 9, 2013, […]

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Create a Seniors Centre

When the Board of Education no longer needs Doverwood School, it could be a Senior Centre for our community. It is has so much to offer seniors such as, it is so accessible, there is good parking and the building is on one floor. There is a gymnasium and plenty of rooms for activities As […]

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Misner property could be waterfall park, sluiceway fish ladder

There is a sluiceway between the vacant Misner Fertilizer plant and Harry Gamble shipyard. It was used for feeding Silver Lake water to a water turbine wheel that originally ran the line shaft driving the woolen mill equipment. Misner’s mill utilized that power source to grind fertilizer and bag it for sale to farmers, later […]

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Enjoying winter in the best of ways

Henry enjoyed winter playing on the snow and ice at Farley’s Pond each Sunday.   Today, Wednesday, March 20, in the first day of Spring. That means yesterday was the last day of winter that began on December 21, 81 days ago. The consensus of people I talk to agree it has been a long, […]

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Remembering P.D.C.S.

It was 12 years ago this spring I stood in front of an auditorium filled with people from the community who all came together to try and save my high school. I remember pleading to the school board to keep my high school’s doors open and ending my speech in tears as I handed the […]

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It’s not the walls of the school that count but rather what occurs within them

In last week’s “Sound Off,” someone complained that Simcoe Composite and Waterford High schools are “outdated for today’s educational realities” and suggested “our area’s youth deserve better.” I’ve heard similar sentiments (and much worse) in recent months and have grown weary of it. First let me say that I, too, am sad Port Dover no […]

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