Blog articles for May 2017

Children on playground with I Love Southwold Sign

Valerie Cron is a frim believer that a series of small actions has the potential to add up to something much bigger. It was because of this belief that in 2015, Valerie found herself the Chair of the Southwold Township Communities in Bloom Committee.


No “kidding” around, the newest phenomenon gaining momentum in Elgin County is Goat Yoga. Every Wednesday evening Full Circle Ranch hosts a Yoga class where participants are able to interact with these adorable, friendly little barnyard animals.

Curtis VanKasteren with 3D printer

Curtis van Kasteren has always had a natural curiosity about how the world around him works. From a young age he was fascinated with the inner workings of everyday items and would take them apart to fix them or use their parts to build other, better things.

Basket of Bread

If you've ever fantasized about running off to the french countryside to pursue your true passions, Seth Wiggin’s story is one you might be interested in. Seth spent his childhood in Port Stanley but left the area to pursue his education and subsequently his career in civil engineering.


The term “Artisan Chocolate” usually brings to mind delicacies crafted in boutiques located along cobble stone roads in Belgium or deep in the heart of the Swiss Alps; but, there is no need to travel thousands of kilometres to experience quality handcrafted treats now that Century Chocolates is b

IGPC Ethanol

IGPC Ethanol Inc. is expected to break ground this April on an expansion that once completed will allow it to double the ethanol production at its facility.

Talbotville Berry Farm

On October 31, 2016 the current Talbotville Berry Farm produce stand, in operation since 1969, will close its doors for the last time. On November 25 a new market with a new vision will open in its place. 

Wedding Cake and Cookies

In 2008 Anna Hiebert and her daughter Martha Zacharias embarked on a journey to fulfill a lifelong dream of opening a bakery. Although they had no formal training, Anna was a tremendously skilled baker with experience creating delicious homemade treats for her family.

Village Square Coffee House Interior

According to Michelle Fournier, living in Port Stanley is a little bit like living on an island.

Successful Recipients of the Festival and Event Partnership Program

Elgin County Economic Development is celebrating the cultural vibrancy that festivals and events bring to the community by supporting five local events through the 2017 Festival and Event Partnership Program.