Author: Rob Hornberger

  • Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer's to-do list

    Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer’s to-do list

    When Dennis Rogers decided to throw his hat in the political ring his aim was to win a Kingsville council seat. That was the traditional route for someone new to politics: start small and over time work up to running for higher positions like deputy mayor or mayor. But after some thought, some input from…

  • Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    KINGSVILLE — Three Leamington men, part of what police are calling an “organized group,” have been charged with the cultivation of illegal cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Ollie Mastronardi, 69, Mark Mastronardi, 43, and Joseph Spano, 45, are also charged with growing cannabis without authorization. The charges against the three local men stem for…

  • Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    KINGSVILLE — Former fire chief Bob Kissner, sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty in 2019 of multiple counts of sexual abuse, has been granted full parole by the Parole Board of Canada. Kissner, released earlier this month, is expected to return to the Kingsville area, according to a parole board decision…

  • Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Nelson Santos decided to enter municipal politics in the mid-1990s when he was covering Kingsville council for the local newspaper. Council voted in favour of selling town-owned property at the foot of Division Street next to Lakeside Park to a developer — a move that went against the town’s policy of encouraging and expanding parkland…

  • OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    Ontario Provincial Police say they seized cannabis worth more than $61 million last month at a “commercial-sized” greenhouse operation on County Road 34. The seizure was so large it took officers from the OPP Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team four days to pull and remove 45,000 plants as well as eight tonnes of processed, ready-to-sell…

  • From Harrow church choir to pop sensation

    From Harrow church choir to pop sensation

    Big Town Boy was a big-time pop hit in the early 1960s and it was sung by Harrow small-town girl Shirley Matthews. Matthews had performed at school dances at Harrow high school and with her church choir before leaving for Toronto to join her older sister Joyce. Matthews found work in Toronto as a telephone…

  • Born tinkerer crafts e-scooters from old bicycles, steel tubing

    Born tinkerer crafts e-scooters from old bicycles, steel tubing

    Kingsville resident Harry Roettele had time on his hands, some mechanical and metal-working skills and a fond memory of a mode of transportation he used as a young child in Germany. At the end of Second World War, the defeated German army was ordered to surrender any equipment of military value at centralized depots. Near…

  • Kingsville Highland Games expected to draw large crowds after two-year COVID hiatus

    Kingsville Highland Games expected to draw large crowds after two-year COVID hiatus

    KINGSVILLE — The skirl of bagpipes returns to Lakeside Park this Saturday with the long-awaited return of the Kingsville Highland Games. As a result of the two-year absence because of COVID-19 restrictions, there has been pent-up demand for tickets and organizers are seeing signs the event will have a larger crowd than in 2019 when…

  • Historian Michael Bliss wrote about Kingsville and how the town shaped his life

    Historian Michael Bliss wrote about Kingsville and how the town shaped his life

    It was 1955, a Sunday, and Kingsville doctor Quartus Bliss was playing scrabble with his 14-year-old son, Michael. His office doorbell rang. At the door was a police officer with a heavily intoxicated man, his cheek deeply slashed. Dr. Bliss was in failing health and because Michael was expected to follow him into the medical…

  • Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville wants out of a regional organic waste recovery program which town officials say will result in substantial tax increases for homeowners living in the urban part of the municipality. The town also objects to being forced to participate in the Essex County Waste Management Authority (ECWMA) program — even though the province…

  • Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer's to-do list

    Dennis Rogers gets down to business as Kingsville’s new mayor Affordable housing, managed growth, waterfront development on political newcomer’s to-do list

    When Dennis Rogers decided to throw his hat in the political ring his aim was to win a Kingsville council seat. That was the traditional route for someone new to politics: start small and over time work up to running for higher positions like deputy mayor or mayor. But after some thought, some input from…

  • Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    Three Leamington men charged as part of ‘massive’ drug trafficking operation

    KINGSVILLE — Three Leamington men, part of what police are calling an “organized group,” have been charged with the cultivation of illegal cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. Ollie Mastronardi, 69, Mark Mastronardi, 43, and Joseph Spano, 45, are also charged with growing cannabis without authorization. The charges against the three local men stem for…

  • Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    Former fire chief, sentenced to five years for sexual abuse, granted full parole

    KINGSVILLE — Former fire chief Bob Kissner, sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty in 2019 of multiple counts of sexual abuse, has been granted full parole by the Parole Board of Canada. Kissner, released earlier this month, is expected to return to the Kingsville area, according to a parole board decision…

  • Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Santos reflects on Kingsville’s dramatic growth during his years on council

    Nelson Santos decided to enter municipal politics in the mid-1990s when he was covering Kingsville council for the local newspaper. Council voted in favour of selling town-owned property at the foot of Division Street next to Lakeside Park to a developer — a move that went against the town’s policy of encouraging and expanding parkland…

  • OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    OPP seize more than $61M worth of cannabis in Kingsville greenhouse raid

    Ontario Provincial Police say they seized cannabis worth more than $61 million last month at a “commercial-sized” greenhouse operation on County Road 34. The seizure was so large it took officers from the OPP Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team four days to pull and remove 45,000 plants as well as eight tonnes of processed, ready-to-sell…

  • From Harrow church choir to pop sensation

    From Harrow church choir to pop sensation

    Big Town Boy was a big-time pop hit in the early 1960s and it was sung by Harrow small-town girl Shirley Matthews. Matthews had performed at school dances at Harrow high school and with her church choir before leaving for Toronto to join her older sister Joyce. Matthews found work in Toronto as a telephone…

  • Born tinkerer crafts e-scooters from old bicycles, steel tubing

    Born tinkerer crafts e-scooters from old bicycles, steel tubing

    Kingsville resident Harry Roettele had time on his hands, some mechanical and metal-working skills and a fond memory of a mode of transportation he used as a young child in Germany. At the end of Second World War, the defeated German army was ordered to surrender any equipment of military value at centralized depots. Near…

  • Kingsville Highland Games expected to draw large crowds after two-year COVID hiatus

    Kingsville Highland Games expected to draw large crowds after two-year COVID hiatus

    KINGSVILLE — The skirl of bagpipes returns to Lakeside Park this Saturday with the long-awaited return of the Kingsville Highland Games. As a result of the two-year absence because of COVID-19 restrictions, there has been pent-up demand for tickets and organizers are seeing signs the event will have a larger crowd than in 2019 when…

  • Historian Michael Bliss wrote about Kingsville and how the town shaped his life

    Historian Michael Bliss wrote about Kingsville and how the town shaped his life

    It was 1955, a Sunday, and Kingsville doctor Quartus Bliss was playing scrabble with his 14-year-old son, Michael. His office doorbell rang. At the door was a police officer with a heavily intoxicated man, his cheek deeply slashed. Dr. Bliss was in failing health and because Michael was expected to follow him into the medical…

  • Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    Kingsville balks at cost of organic waste recovery plan, major tax hike feared

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville wants out of a regional organic waste recovery program which town officials say will result in substantial tax increases for homeowners living in the urban part of the municipality. The town also objects to being forced to participate in the Essex County Waste Management Authority (ECWMA) program — even though the province…