Sports Hall to host 25th anniversary bash


Nov. 19 – Before residents relax and enjoy the Big Game, the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition is hosting a celebration 25 years in the making.

Prior to Grey Cup kick-off later that evening, the Sports Hall will welcome members of the public to their 25th Anniversary Open House at the Simcoe Recreation Centre on Nov. 24 from 1 – 4 p.m.

The hall will host a free swim at the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Saint Nick to visit Eva Brook Donly Museum

Nov. 19 – Before he sets out on a journey around the world, Santa Claus will visit Eva Brook Donly Museum.

On Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., photos with Jolly Old Saint Nick will be available by donation. Those in attendance will be invited to take part in Christmas crafts as well.

Visitors can also step back in time and walk through museum’s Victorian Christmas exhibit.

Grade 5 students share unique vision for ALL Norfolk Community Centre

Nov. 15 – Elevators with built-in TVs. Fish ponds. Yoga stations. And don’t forget the bedrooms.


If it were up to the students in Victoria DeLauw’s Grade 5 class at St. Joseph’s School in Simcoe, the proposed ALL Norfolk Community Centre would have some very interesting amenities.


The students sent Mayor Kristal Chopp their own designs for a new multi-use recreational facility after the topic came up during a recent visit the Mayor made to the school.

Presentation focuses on Victorian Christmas foods

Nov. 14 – Have you ever wondered what a true Victorian Christmas dinner looked like?

What foods were on the table? How did the tables of the rich compare to those in less fortunate households?

Caroline McLachlan Darling, a culinary food historian will explore these topics and more during a presentation on Victorian Christmas foods Nov. 21 at Norfolk County Archives & Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe.

Darling has been studying Victorian foodways since the age of 15 when she began cooking on a wood stove.

Information for those affected by Oct. 31 storm

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing administers the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program. The program helps reimburse disaster related costs such as those associated with repairing, restoring and cleaning primary residences, and repairing or replacing essential property (e.g. furnaces, stoves, refrigerators, etc.).

Free business workshop focuses on cyber security

Nov. 7 – An upcoming workshop offered by Norfolk County’s Economic Development team will help small business owners better deal with threats to their online security.

From spam emails to malware and more, the event will be led by Bill Dungey of Brantford’s Complete Technology Solutions and explore the current threat landscape and challenge existing ideas about internet security.

“Our job is to give Norfolk business owners the tools they need to succeed,” said Chris Garwood, Norfolk County Economic Development Supervisor.

County plays host to Take Our Kids to Work Day

The current staff of Norfolk County welcomed the next generation Nov. 6.

The County welcomed eleven Grade 9 students as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day, the most recognized career event in Canada.

“It’s important that they have the opportunity to explore different career options so they know what is out there,” said Carissa Kapitor, Staff Development Coordinator, who organized the event. “Clearly, there’s no expectation at 14 they know what they’re going to do when they’re older, but it’s more about providing career planning resources and different job ideas so they start thinking about it.”

In the past, students simply shadowed their parents in various departments during the day, but this year’s event was much more extensive.

Arbor Reunion at Port Dover Harbour Museum

Nov. 5 – Celebrations for the 100th season of the famous Port Dover Arbor restaurant continue this month.

The Port Dover Harbour Museum – on the heels of showcasing an exhibit that chronicles the storied history of the business – will host an ‘Arbor Reunion’ Nov. 13.

From 1 – 4 p.m. both current and former employees are invited to attend, share memories, and re-tell stories of their time at the south coast hotspot.

Residents in low-lying areas advised to take precautions in the event of flooding

With flood-like conditions this past weekend (and possible in the coming days) in low-lying areas, Norfolk County and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are advising residents to take precautions to keep their families and property safe.

Stay out of floodwaters: Obey road closure signs, and do not walk or drive through floodwaters, as they can be deeper than they appear. Water levels can rise quickly, so exercise extreme caution when travelling along the Lake Erie shore.

New program connects seniors and students

Oct. 29 – Are you one of the many Norfolk grandparents that spend PA days with youngsters?

Be part of Norfolk County’s new Grand Buddies PA Day Program.

With the goal of building connections between youth and seniors, family members can enjoy this inaugural program together Nov. 15. The morning will include learning about each other, sharing talents while participating in games, baking, crafts, and sewing. It all wraps up with refreshments and sharing stories.

Off-duty paramedic saves teammate’s life during hockey game

Oct. 28 – The biggest assist of Matt Breedyk’s hockey season came last week, during the first game of the year.


That’s when the Port Dover resident – and off-duty Norfolk County paramedic – came to the aid of a teammate undergoing cardiac arrest.


“I just saw the individual collapse on the ice, and I knew it wasn’t just a slip and fall,” says Breedyk.

‘Norfolk’s Got Coffee!’ latest example of County connecting with local youth

Oct. 22, 2019 – Norfolk County’s is always looking for ways to connect with its youth.

With that in mind, the Norfolk County Youth Council will host its very first Coffeehouse Oct. 24 at the Holy Trinity High School Cafeteria from 7 – 9 p.m. The event is open to all ages – residents are invited to sing, read poetry, dance or play an instrument.

Recently, Norfolk’s Council Services Department collaborated with areas of the municipal administration to revitalize youth engagement initiatives.

Norfolk celebrates Waste Reduction Week

Oct. 22 – Did you know that Canadians produce more than 31 million tonnes of waste annually?

A whopping 40 percent of that is generated at home.

It’s those numbers that have led to the creation of Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

“Waste Reduction Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the role we play in stewarding a healthy environment,” said Merissa Bokla, Supervisor, Waste Management.