Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Monte Sonnenberg

Monte Sonnenberg is a Multimedia Journalist at the Simcoe Reformer.


Taina Roberts, left, of Delhi, is one of 40 applicants qualifying for $200 in seed money for an entrepreneurial summer project under Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP). Taina’s Caribbean Cuisine will prepare and deliver authentic Jamaican food on demand. At right is proud mother and adviser Camille Roberts. (MONTE SONNENBERG Simcoe Reformer)

Young entrepreneurs get busy

If you have always wondered what authentic Jamaican food tastes like but haven’t made it to the Caribbean, Taina Roberts can answer many of your questions.

The tinder-dry landscape in Norfolk County means that grass fires can break out anytime where you least expect them. This was the view Monday afternoon west from the Black Bridge in Waterford. There, a grass fire broke out next to the paved walking trail west of the Alice Street train station. Norfolk Fire & Rescue says the blaze was caused by careless smoking. (MONTE SONNENBERG Simcoe Reformer)

Burn ban scofflaws keep firefighters busy

Some in Norfolk are having difficulty understanding that the local countryside is tinder dry and that now is not a good time to light fires.

This car ended up in the drink in the Harbour Marina in Port Dover Saturday as the driver tried to pull a boat out of the water on a trailer (CAITI SAYLE Twitter Photo)

Vehicle ruined in marina mishap

The weather was beautiful, but it turned out to be a rotten weekend for a would-be boater in Port Dover.

Secret meeting fallout continues

Norfolk council continues to make amends for its past practice of transacting public business behind closed doors.

Bike lanes suggested as Canada 150 project

Norfolk’s senior staff would like to do something extra special for bicycle riders as part of the county’s participation in Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

Noah Martin of La Salette brushes up on his geography during Our Lady of La Salette School’s 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday. (MONTE SONNENBERG Simcoe Reformer)

Little school with big heart

It was cake and ice cream all around this weekend as residents of the La Salette area celebrated the 50th anniversary of Our Lady of La Salette School.

County data breach

Norfolk County employees are monitoring their bank accounts and financial transactions following a serious data breach earlier this year.

An open house for the new fire academy at the former experimental farm on Schafer Side Road was held this weekend. Having fun with a fire hose were Kody Hamm of Wabasheen and sisters Jaren, Jordan and Jerica Warford of Burlington. The children’s parents will be instructors at the new facility. (MONTE SONNENBERG Simcoe Reformer)

A 'paramilitary' academy

The routine at the Southwest Fire Academy in Delhi is designed to concentrate the mind.

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'They are not pretty'

Norfolk will impose zoning restrictions on the use of shipping containers as auxiliary buildings.

A large pile of wood chips at Townsend Lumber near Tillsonburg. (Postmedia Network Photo)

Sawmill ordered to remove chip pile

The largest saw mill and lumber yard operation in Norfolk County is under orders to clean up a massive pile of wood chips.