Author: Rob Hornberger

  • 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…

  • Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    KINGSVILLE — Laura Lucier, organizer of Tuesday’s Ukraine fundraiser, was hoping 300 people would attend the humanitarian aid event. In the end, 650 showed up at the Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre to have a pasta dinner and make donations to help the war-torn country. “The 300 meals that we prepared to serve were pretty…

  • Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    KINGSVILLE — The Town of Kingsville has temporarily lifted a ban on migrant farm workers living in rural and urban homes, capping the number of workers who can stay in those accommodations at four. “If council’s direction is to continue with a complete ban on all off-site worker housing, the risk is that potentially hundreds…

  • Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    HARROW — The largest fruit tree nursery in Canada is looking to expand its footprint in Essex County. Upper Canada Growers has already acquired 1,000 acres of farmland in the Harrow area and is looking to double that figure with more farm purchases. The Ridge Road company moved to Essex County six years ago from…

  • Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos has been appointed the new executive director of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Foundation. The announcement was made Monday, which coincides with Jack Miner’s birthday and the start of Canada’s National Wildlife Week. “What the sanctuary needs right now is a strong leader and someone who is passionate…

  • Growth on tap as Kingsville Brewery expands production capacity, seeks foothold in U.S.

    Growth on tap as Kingsville Brewery expands production capacity, seeks foothold in U.S.

    KINGSVILLE — Former NHL goalie Marty Turco’s first visit to Kingsville was in the mid-1990s when he was the starting goalie for the Michigan Wolverines hockey team. He played with Brian’s goalie pads and had been invited by the company’s co-owner, Brian Heaton, to visit the factory in Kingsville to see how the pads were…

  • Kingsville Cycling Website Steers Riders To Local Trails, Attractions

    Kingsville Cycling Website Steers Riders To Local Trails, Attractions

    KINGSVILLE — A group of local cyclists with a deep knowledge of county roads, trails and bike lanes has created a website to guide riders on where to go, what to see and where to stay. So far there are nine routes on cyclekingsville.ca, with more planned. The routes are a mix of short and long, easy…

  • Rigs from five Kingsville, Leamington-area trucking firms take part in Ottawa blockade

    Rigs from five Kingsville, Leamington-area trucking firms take part in Ottawa blockade

    At least five Kingsville-Leamington area trucking companies have vehicles participating in the Parliament Hill blockade, according to an Ottawa website set up to identify firms taking part in the protest. “Our mission is to document and shame every business that is identified as being involved in the 2022 Truckers Convoy occupation of Ottawa,” the website…

  • 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…

  • Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    Kingsville residents dig deep to support Ukraine relief efforts

    KINGSVILLE — Laura Lucier, organizer of Tuesday’s Ukraine fundraiser, was hoping 300 people would attend the humanitarian aid event. In the end, 650 showed up at the Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre to have a pasta dinner and make donations to help the war-torn country. “The 300 meals that we prepared to serve were pretty…

  • Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    Kingsville lifts ban on off-site migrant farm worker housing

    KINGSVILLE — The Town of Kingsville has temporarily lifted a ban on migrant farm workers living in rural and urban homes, capping the number of workers who can stay in those accommodations at four. “If council’s direction is to continue with a complete ban on all off-site worker housing, the risk is that potentially hundreds…

  • Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    Good soil, cheaper land prices prompt agri-research company to sink roots in Harrow area

    HARROW — The largest fruit tree nursery in Canada is looking to expand its footprint in Essex County. Upper Canada Growers has already acquired 1,000 acres of farmland in the Harrow area and is looking to double that figure with more farm purchases. The Ridge Road company moved to Essex County six years ago from…

  • Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    Kingsville mayor appointed executive director of Jack Miner foundation

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos has been appointed the new executive director of the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Foundation. The announcement was made Monday, which coincides with Jack Miner’s birthday and the start of Canada’s National Wildlife Week. “What the sanctuary needs right now is a strong leader and someone who is passionate…

  • Growth on tap as Kingsville Brewery expands production capacity, seeks foothold in U.S.

    Growth on tap as Kingsville Brewery expands production capacity, seeks foothold in U.S.

    KINGSVILLE — Former NHL goalie Marty Turco’s first visit to Kingsville was in the mid-1990s when he was the starting goalie for the Michigan Wolverines hockey team. He played with Brian’s goalie pads and had been invited by the company’s co-owner, Brian Heaton, to visit the factory in Kingsville to see how the pads were…

  • Kingsville Cycling Website Steers Riders To Local Trails, Attractions

    Kingsville Cycling Website Steers Riders To Local Trails, Attractions

    KINGSVILLE — A group of local cyclists with a deep knowledge of county roads, trails and bike lanes has created a website to guide riders on where to go, what to see and where to stay. So far there are nine routes on cyclekingsville.ca, with more planned. The routes are a mix of short and long, easy…

  • Rigs from five Kingsville, Leamington-area trucking firms take part in Ottawa blockade

    Rigs from five Kingsville, Leamington-area trucking firms take part in Ottawa blockade

    At least five Kingsville-Leamington area trucking companies have vehicles participating in the Parliament Hill blockade, according to an Ottawa website set up to identify firms taking part in the protest. “Our mission is to document and shame every business that is identified as being involved in the 2022 Truckers Convoy occupation of Ottawa,” the website…