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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In last week’s “Sound Off,” someone complained that Simcoe Composite and Waterford High schools are “outdated for today’s educational realities” and suggested “our area’s youth deserve better.”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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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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