Author: Rob Hornberger

  • After nearly 70 years, Cottam butcher shop changing hands

    After nearly 70 years, Cottam butcher shop changing hands

    COTTAM — John Ivanisko has sold his butcher shop in Cottam but he has no intention of hanging up his apron or retiring his knives, cleavers and saws. He said selling Cottam Cold Storage and Meat Market, a business his father founded nearly 70 years ago, was a tough, emotional call. Ivanisko, 66, said the…

  • It’s been a slice: OG Pizza honoured for keeping volunteer firefighters fed

    It’s been a slice: OG Pizza honoured for keeping volunteer firefighters fed

    COTTAM — When the Kingsville Fire Department fights a fire, conducts a training session or holds a school fire safety contest, there are often a large number of pizzas — hold the anchovies — that arrive unordered. On Monday the department paid recognition to the suppliers of those pizzas — OG Pizza in Kingsville and…

  • Armed with a shovel, Cottam retiree helps keep outdoor skating tradition alive

    Armed with a shovel, Cottam retiree helps keep outdoor skating tradition alive

    COTTAM — Graham Murray is doing his bit to ensure a time-honoured Canadian tradition is alive, well and not skating on thin ice. Murray, a retired high school teacher, has taken on the role of outdoor ice manager at the frozen Rotary Park pond in Cottam. There are no Zambonis — ice clearing is done…

  • Beach accessibility, Cottam trail paving remain on town’s to-do list, councillor says

    Beach accessibility, Cottam trail paving remain on town’s to-do list, councillor says

    KINGSVILLE — Near of the end of the town’s final budget deliberation last week, Coun. Larry Patterson took the unusual step of explaining to the public why two projects would not be funded in 2022. He wanted Kingsville seniors with accessibility issues to know the proposals — one to pave the 1.1-km path surrounding Ridgeview…

  • Town staff gets ‘more boots on the ground’ as Kingsville council approves eight new hires

    Town staff gets ‘more boots on the ground’ as Kingsville council approves eight new hires

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville council received a clear message from its department heads and town administration that more staff is needed to deal with town’s growth and the increasing demand for municipal services. During budget deliberations Wednesday council reviewed the hiring of 10 new staff positions and approved eight. Some of the new hires will be…

  • Secrecy surrounds fate of $3.85-million Kissner lawsuit

    Secrecy surrounds fate of $3.85-million Kissner lawsuit

    The lawsuit launched against former fire chief Bob Kissner and the Town of Kingsville by one of Kissner’s sexual abuse victims was dismissed by consent earlier this month but each side of the legal dispute is refusing to say if a financial settlement was reached. “No comment,” said London lawyer Rob Talach, when asked if…

  • Kingsville sees record number of housing starts in 2021

    Kingsville sees record number of housing starts in 2021

    LEAMINGTON — Mayor Nelson Santos said Friday residential development in Kingsville is growing at a record pace and will continue at a steady clip for the next 20 years. He told the Leamington Chamber of Commerce at its annual Mayor’s Breakfast meeting that the west end of Kingsville alone will see more than 1,900 homes…

  • Deemed low risk to reoffend,  former Kingsville fire chief on day parole

    Deemed low risk to reoffend, former Kingsville fire chief on day parole

    KINGSVILLE — Bob Kissner, the disgraced former Kingsville fire chief, has been placed on day parole and is residing in a halfway house outside of Windsor and Essex County. Kissner, who was found guilty of multiple counts of sexual abuse in 2019, had a six-month parole extended in July 2021, according to a Parole Board…

  • Board of education tight-lipped over delays building Kingsville’s K-12 school

    Board of education tight-lipped over delays building Kingsville’s K-12 school

    KINGSVILLE — Citing confidentiality rules, local board of education officials are refusing to say why construction of the new $48-million school in Kingsville has been delayed. Scott Scantlebury, spokesman for the Greater Essex County District School Board, said the board has closed requests for tenders and is reviewing the bids from contractors — a process…

  • New ambulance station approved for Division North

    New ambulance station approved for Division North

    KINGSVILLE — The Town of Kingsville has granted planning approval for a new ambulance station near Division Street North and Road 2. The three-bay station will replace the current location at the town fire hall on Division and will open in late 2022 or early 2023. The current station at the fire hall has only…

  • After nearly 70 years, Cottam butcher shop changing hands

    After nearly 70 years, Cottam butcher shop changing hands

    COTTAM — John Ivanisko has sold his butcher shop in Cottam but he has no intention of hanging up his apron or retiring his knives, cleavers and saws. He said selling Cottam Cold Storage and Meat Market, a business his father founded nearly 70 years ago, was a tough, emotional call. Ivanisko, 66, said the…

  • It’s been a slice: OG Pizza honoured for keeping volunteer firefighters fed

    It’s been a slice: OG Pizza honoured for keeping volunteer firefighters fed

    COTTAM — When the Kingsville Fire Department fights a fire, conducts a training session or holds a school fire safety contest, there are often a large number of pizzas — hold the anchovies — that arrive unordered. On Monday the department paid recognition to the suppliers of those pizzas — OG Pizza in Kingsville and…

  • Armed with a shovel, Cottam retiree helps keep outdoor skating tradition alive

    Armed with a shovel, Cottam retiree helps keep outdoor skating tradition alive

    COTTAM — Graham Murray is doing his bit to ensure a time-honoured Canadian tradition is alive, well and not skating on thin ice. Murray, a retired high school teacher, has taken on the role of outdoor ice manager at the frozen Rotary Park pond in Cottam. There are no Zambonis — ice clearing is done…

  • Beach accessibility, Cottam trail paving remain on town’s to-do list, councillor says

    Beach accessibility, Cottam trail paving remain on town’s to-do list, councillor says

    KINGSVILLE — Near of the end of the town’s final budget deliberation last week, Coun. Larry Patterson took the unusual step of explaining to the public why two projects would not be funded in 2022. He wanted Kingsville seniors with accessibility issues to know the proposals — one to pave the 1.1-km path surrounding Ridgeview…

  • Town staff gets ‘more boots on the ground’ as Kingsville council approves eight new hires

    Town staff gets ‘more boots on the ground’ as Kingsville council approves eight new hires

    KINGSVILLE — Kingsville council received a clear message from its department heads and town administration that more staff is needed to deal with town’s growth and the increasing demand for municipal services. During budget deliberations Wednesday council reviewed the hiring of 10 new staff positions and approved eight. Some of the new hires will be…

  • Secrecy surrounds fate of $3.85-million Kissner lawsuit

    Secrecy surrounds fate of $3.85-million Kissner lawsuit

    The lawsuit launched against former fire chief Bob Kissner and the Town of Kingsville by one of Kissner’s sexual abuse victims was dismissed by consent earlier this month but each side of the legal dispute is refusing to say if a financial settlement was reached. “No comment,” said London lawyer Rob Talach, when asked if…

  • Kingsville sees record number of housing starts in 2021

    Kingsville sees record number of housing starts in 2021

    LEAMINGTON — Mayor Nelson Santos said Friday residential development in Kingsville is growing at a record pace and will continue at a steady clip for the next 20 years. He told the Leamington Chamber of Commerce at its annual Mayor’s Breakfast meeting that the west end of Kingsville alone will see more than 1,900 homes…

  • Deemed low risk to reoffend,  former Kingsville fire chief on day parole

    Deemed low risk to reoffend, former Kingsville fire chief on day parole

    KINGSVILLE — Bob Kissner, the disgraced former Kingsville fire chief, has been placed on day parole and is residing in a halfway house outside of Windsor and Essex County. Kissner, who was found guilty of multiple counts of sexual abuse in 2019, had a six-month parole extended in July 2021, according to a Parole Board…

  • Board of education tight-lipped over delays building Kingsville’s K-12 school

    Board of education tight-lipped over delays building Kingsville’s K-12 school

    KINGSVILLE — Citing confidentiality rules, local board of education officials are refusing to say why construction of the new $48-million school in Kingsville has been delayed. Scott Scantlebury, spokesman for the Greater Essex County District School Board, said the board has closed requests for tenders and is reviewing the bids from contractors — a process…

  • New ambulance station approved for Division North

    New ambulance station approved for Division North

    KINGSVILLE — The Town of Kingsville has granted planning approval for a new ambulance station near Division Street North and Road 2. The three-bay station will replace the current location at the town fire hall on Division and will open in late 2022 or early 2023. The current station at the fire hall has only…