Norfolk to host first Genealogy Symposium

Interested in your family’s history? Where it all began? How you got here?

Norfolk County Archives and Eva Brook Donly Museum will present the first annual Genealogy Symposium Sept. 28.

Aimed at both beginners and avid genealogists alike, four speakers including three professional genealogists and one local historian will be on hand providing information on conducting family research history.

“This is our first genealogy symposium and it is very exciting for us,” said Joshua Klar, archivist at the museum.

Celebrate 100 seasons of the Arbor

July 29 – Few Norfolk County summertime traditions are as sacred as having an Arbor Dog and Golden Glow on the shores of Lake Erie.

For an entire century, the popular Arbor Restaurant in Port Dover has been feeding hungry beachgoers on the south coast of Ontario.

To help commemorate the occasion, the Port Dover Harbour Museum has opened its newest exhibit Basking in a Golden Glow: Celebrating the 100th Season of the Arbor.

Veterans memorial dedication in Waterford

July 24 – The Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum, Waterford Legion and Norfolk Remembers Committee have teamed up to honour local soldiers killed in both World Wars.


A plaque featuring each Waterford and area soldier killed on the battlefield will be unveiled to the public on July 27.


The plaque will be placed in the park along Alice Street, close to Heritage Trail – a visual reminder of the sacrifices made by many members of the community – and includes a picture of each soldier, their signature and specific details about where they lived.

Norfolk to host first ever Safety Carnival

July 19 – Summer in Norfolk County means activities like swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and boating, but nothing should take a backseat to safety.


With that in mind, Norfolk County has partnered with sponsor Nova Mutual Insurance and a number of local organizations to present the area’s first ever Safety Carnival.


Created and organized by Norfolk Water Safety Awareness Promoter Taome Muntz-Flowerday, the Carnival is set for July 20 from 11 a.m.

HNHU Issues Heat Warning

SIMCOE, July 19, 2019 – With high temperatures expected to continue, the Medical Officer of Health is issuing a Heat Warning for the residents and visitors of Haldimand and Norfolk counties. Hot and humid conditions are expected throughout the day. The HNHU recommends that persons take steps to prevent heat-related illness. A list of local services offering a place to cool down can be found


All people can experience adverse health effects from extreme heat.

Young stars hit the ice

July 17 – It wasn’t too long ago Simcoe native Ryan Horvat was attending the annual Tri-County Pros Hockey School.

Created by Delhi NHLers Ryan VandenBussche and Geordie Kinnear, the week-long camp quickly became a haven for youngsters yearning for more ice-time during the summer.

After a successful Ontario Hockey League career, Horvat is now an American Hockey League (AHL) veteran and, alongside Kinnear, one of the camp’s main instructors.

Summer sweeps into Norfolk Arts Centre

July 16 – As summer takes hold of southwestern Ontario, the sun, the sand and the birds have taken over the Norfolk Arts Centre as well.

Two new exhibits with a distinct summer theme will soon open at the historic facility.

Love swimming, fishing, birding or just hanging out on the beach?  Then, Shoreline Norfolk is the exhibit for you.  Members of Norfolk’s Artist Workshop have risen to the challenge of producing their own interpretations of the county’s popular Lake Erie shoreline.

Norfolk County moves ahead with gas well remediation plan

Simcoe, ON, July 11, 2019 – Norfolk County is taking action on an ongoing public health issue by implementing a plan that will mitigate leaking hydrogen sulphide from an abandoned gas well on Forestry Farm Road.


Researchers from the University of Waterloo have found evidence that the well likely started leaking as a result of the plugging of another area well by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in 2015.

Campers bake for a cause

July 10 – What’s better than eating cupcakes and other delicious goodies? Doing so to help the community.

Children currently taking part in the Norfolk County Day Camp at Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum are hard at work this week preparing for a Bake Sale Fundraiser that will take place July 12 in partnership with Kerry’s Eatery.

Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Waterford Skateboard Park.

Back in April, Norfolk County Council pledged $200,000 to help fund the park, which will be constructed beside the museum at 159 Nichol St.

Weather causing collection delay in Long Point

July 9 – Due to high water levels and heavy rain in recent days, Norfolk County collection trucks are currently unable to access some streets in the Long Point area.

Homeowners in the affected areas can hang on to their garbage and recycling until next week, or bring materials to the South Walsingham Transfer Station located at 1180 3rd Concession Rd. Port Rowan.

The transfer station is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.