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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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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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PDCS classes end

  After a half century of educating the community’s teenagers, the final day of secondary school classes in Port Dover is today (Wednesday, January 23). Exams for the Port Dover Composite School students start tomorrow and run until next Thursday — the last official day for PDCS. For semester two, the students have registered at […]

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Property taxes up just $1.63 a month for 2013

By DAVID JUDD The average Norfolk homeowner will pay less than $20 more in property taxes this year — the lowest increase since the county was created in 2001. The average home assessed at $193,900 will pay $2,377 in property taxes, up $19.56 or 0.8 per cent from 2012. County council last Friday unanimously approved […]

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County budgets $90,000 for Lynn Valley Trail bridge repairs

Norfolk County will give up to $90,000 to help repair two pedestrian bridges on the Lynn Valley Trail between Port Dover and Simcoe. County council unanimously approved the grant last Friday during its budget review for 2013. Norfolk will pay close to one third of the estimated $265,000 cost to repair 26 wooden supports on […]

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Nanticoke to close by year-end

Nanticoke Generating Station began operations on Jan. 16, 1972,and will close by Dec. 31, 2013. Forty-one years ago today, January 16, 1972, at 2:22 in the afternoon operations began at the Nanticoke Generating Station. It was a time of great growth and optimism in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. The station went on to produce over […]

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No new hires for Norfolk in 2013

By DAVID JUDD John Wells has again challenged Norfolk County to hold the line against hiring more staff. The Port Dover councillor wants the county to end 2013 with no more staff than it has now. The only exception: the county may hire additional staff if they’re needed to meet provincial or federal requirements. County […]

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Average house price in Port Dover up 4%; Long Point higher

Real Estate Board says Port Dover residential sales up 25% over 2011 and prices up 4% Simcoe & District Real Estate Board reported in a 2012 market activity summary that local realtors listed 2,005 residential properties last year and sold 904 of them. The number of properties listed was up 7.39% over 2011; with the […]

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MPP panel advises merging province’s small hydro utilities

Norfolk Council is considering selling off its wholly owned subsidiary Norfolk Power. Many Ontario municipalities are considering doing the same with their electric power utility. An advisory panel consisting of three MPPs studied the situation across the province and their findings are, according to a Toronto Star report, that merging Ontario’s 75 local hydro utilities […]

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Council will be asked to reconsider decision to remove crossing guards at St. Cecilia’s

By DAVID JUDD County councillors will be asked to reconsider their decision to eliminate the crossing guard at St. Cecilia’s School. The prospect of losing the guard next September has caused “great unrest” among the school’s community, Port Doverite John Wells told his fellow councillors at last week’s meeting. A deputation will ask councillors to […]

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Death Notices January 2013

Published January 30th Shirley Douglas DOUGLAS, Shirley Irene Ann (nee Pamplin) passed away January 24, 2013 at Norfolk General Hospital, just days after her 77th birthday. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Henry and her loving children Shar, Allan (Lynnette), Bruce and Crystal (Pat) Gignac. Beloved grandchildren Loretta, Hannah, Thomas, Natasha, Adam, Rachel and Brett […]

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Port Dover couple kick off Lynn Valley Trail Bridge Campaign

By DONNA McMILLAN A Port Dover couple kicked off the Lynn Valley Trail Bridge Fundraising Campaign last Monday with a donation of $2000. At a press conference on the trail with LVTA Executive members and Norfolk County representation, President Paul Beischlag announced the organization needs to raise $200,000 for repair work on the Robinson and […]

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Governments, consultants, councillors meet to discuss Misner Dam

On the morning of Tuesday, November 20th, representatives of various government levels and their consultants came together at the Norfolk County Administration Building in Simcoe to discuss Misner Dam. At the meeting were three representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Mitch Wilson, Sherry Pineo, David Johnston; consultants Ryan Elliott of G. Douglas Vallee […]

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Waterfront Preservation Assn. discuss lighthouse & Silver Lake

Port Dover lighthouse and Misner Dam were two reports of interest at Port Dover Waterfront Preservation Association’s Annual General Meeting on Nov. 28. Sheila Whiteley tabled her report concerning the association’s interest in maintaining the iconic Port Dover lighthouse for many years to come. She refreshed the memories of how this had been ongoing since […]

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Local Health Unit clearing the air about smoke-free workplace

Despite a six-year-old ban on smoking in Ontario workplaces, some local employees are still being exposed to second-hand smoke at work. As a result, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is reminding local business owners about their legal responsibility to ensure their workplaces are smoke-free. “We are certainly proud of the efforts in our business community to […]

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Transition committee merging P.D.C.S. with S.C.S.

Grand Erie District School Board is making plans to close Port Dover Composite School by the end of January and move Doverwood Public School students to the St. George Street building next fall. The school board has formed two ‘transition committees’ to smooth the far-reaching changes in Port Dover schools. One team is discussing the […]

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Water and sewer rates set to rise $92 for year

By DAVID JUDD You will pay $92 more for water and sewer service for your home next year. Residential water rates will rise by 7.2 per cent in 2013. The average monthly bill will be $115.44, up $7.71 from 2012. This year Norfolk’s water rates were almost the highest in Ontario, second only to Haldimand’s. […]

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Death Notices December 2012

  Published December 19th Lionel Stanford Osborne OSBORNE, Lionel Stanford, passed away peacefully at Norfolk General Hospital Simcoe, December 16, 2012, in his 85th year. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, cherished children Leslie (John) Hoover of Port Dover, Susan (Tony) Johnston of St. Stephen, NB. and Stan also of St. Stephen NB. […]

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