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Misner Dam can’t hold back ‘super flood’

By DAVID JUDD The future of the Misner Dam looks to be headed back to the drawing board. It promises to be an expensive and time-consuming exercise. Norfolk County’s three-year quest for permission to repair the aging dam on the Lynn River in Port Dover will come to the end of the line this month, […]

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Misner Dam’s repair costs soar

Port Dover’s now infamous Misner Dam was the topic of discussion at Norfolk Council meeting last night (Feb. 26). The debate occurred after The Maple Leaf’s press deadline. The following is taken from extensive reports tabled at the meeting. Reports from Norfolk County General Manager Eric D’Hondt of Public Works & Environmental Services and from […]

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Barb MacDonald is 2013 Port Dover Citizen of the Year

Barb MacDonald has been named Port Dover’s 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Port Dover Board of Trade. In an interview on Saturday, Barb exclaimed, “when they phoned on Friday to tell me I am Citizen of the Year, I said you have got to be kidding”. She then told The Maple Leaf, “I […]

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New Public Library at PDCS tech wing

Discussions are underway for a new Norfolk County Public Library (NCPL) branch location in Port Dover at the present location of Port Dover Composite School on St. George Street. Library Board Chair Tom Morrison and the NCPL Board announced that with the adoption of a resolution by Grand Erie District School Board regarding the future […]

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Councillor Wells wants Norfolk to oppose more wind turbines

By DAVID JUDD John Wells wants Norfolk County to reinforce its stand against the spread of industrial wind turbines. The county twice has asked the province to impose a moratorium on approving wind turbines while health studies take place. Now the Port Dover councillor will ask county council to tell the province that Norfolk will […]

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Bridge repairs “on schedule” for end of April

The Maple Leaf has been informed that “mechanical repairs and bearing replacements for the Lynn River lift bridge are now underway,” stated Liane Fisher of the Ministry of Transportation office in London. She said that work is “expected to be complete by the end of February”. Concrete repairs to the underside of the bridge will […]

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Death Notices February 2013

Published February 27th 2013 Elisabeth Sebold SEBOLD, Elisabeth of Port Dover passed away unexpectedly Thursday February 21, 2013 at Norfolk General Hospital in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Hans (1999). She is survived and will be sadly missed by her loving children Christine (Douglas) Gamble and Teresa (Gary) McKenzie all of Port Dover. […]

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No changes in Harbour Marina management

By DAVID JUDD Port Dover Harbour Marina will return to county council’s agenda this spring. A long-awaited report on ways to manage the marina is expected in April. A year ago, Port Dover volunteers offered to manage the marina on behalf of the county. In response, a staff report should be ready in two months, […]

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County sells Woodhouse garage

By DAVID JUDD Norfolk County is selling the former Woodhouse garage on Cockshutt Road north of Port Dover. Great Lakes Offshore Services Inc. has agreed to buy the garage for $250,100. County council was expected to approve the sale last night, Feb. 12. The garage has been closed since last summer. Staff work out of […]

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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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Mumford & Sons comes to Norfolk

The background negotiations…   Mumford & Sons announced last week that one of only four North American ‘Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers’, and the first-ever in Canada, would take place August 23 and 24 at Norfolk County Fairgrounds in Simcoe. Tickets went on sale for $109 and sold out online in 30 minutes. Norfolk County […]

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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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Scout Hut targeted for closure

By DAVID JUDD The Port Dover Scout Hut might be removed from its home in Kinsmen Park this year to save money. A report to Norfolk County council recommends the hut be declared surplus to county needs and be offered for sale on condition it be removed from Kinsmen Park on Hamilton Plank Road. If […]

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The last dance for PDCS

By HEATHER WALTERS Port Dover Composite School held its final farewell semi-formal dance on the last day of January, which was also the last day of the semester and the last day of a high school in Port Dover. The dance was open to all high school grades and included invitations to all former PDCS […]

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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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Vote for Katie to win

Winner decided by the number of votes received by February 11. Katie Hemming of Port Dover entered a contest to come up with a different idea for the popular animated show ‘The Simpsons’. The producers were looking for an idea for the opening of the show, when the Simpson’s family enters the house and sits […]

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Resident wants bylaw toughened to protect trees

By David Judd Stephanie Wilson says she felt sick when she looked across Black Creek behind her home on Sunning Hill Drive. A 200-foot line of decades-old trees had been removed from the edge of the creek. “I was devastated,” Mrs. Wilson told The Maple Leaf, recalling what happened last August. “I felt like crying. […]

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‘Old and awful’ trees need to be cleaned up

The trees removed along Black Creek were “old and awful,” says property owner Lynn Smith. “Those trees were horrible. They were falling in the creek. They were old, old, old trees.” Mrs. Smith and her husband, Darrin, are planning to build a new home on a prime location backing on Black Creek, off Donjon Boulevard […]

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