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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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Town’s high school is now in Simcoe, need to create teen interests locally

Port Dover no longer is a community with a secondary school. The youth of this town now will be focused daily on our neighbouring community of Simcoe. In those formative years, as they grow from adolescent to young adult, their lives will be oriented outside their hometown. However, the stark reality is the closing of […]

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Carlos Ventin’s design saved the Court House

And, how a cleaning lady changed local history Carlos Ventin is a semi-retired architect living in Port Dover who is credited with a bevy of old structures being restored to a magnificent second life. Recently, I sat down with Carlos to discuss the Norfolk County Administrative Building that, in 1972, had been doomed to the […]

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