Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sip, Sip and Savour…..

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First Registered Winery in Huron County


Jim Landsborough and Catherine Peckitt-Landsborough have roots deep in Huron County.  Jim and his ancestors have farmed in Tuckersmith Township in the Municipality of Huron East since 1834, and the present 100-acre spread they call home was once part of Catherine’s family farm.  However, since 2009 this industrious couple has put down quite different roots, while embarking on an enterprise that will bring a new industry to Huron County.

Winemaking…….and not just ordinary wines.


Their goal is to produce the highest quality wine from the very best grapes that Huron County can grow.  Following considerable research, which included hiring renowned cool climate consultant Kevin Ker to assist with site and vine selection and visits to numerous wineries throughout Canada and the USA, as well as a one acre test plot and several trial batches, Maelstrom’s Vineyard now spreads over 8 acres and comprises 9,600 vines.


Huron East has proven to be just the place to deliver the moderate adversity that grape vines require to produce excellent fruit…..the plants need stress to condense the grapes, which results in the most flavourful wines. This boutique winery is growing several hybrid grape varieties developed as cold-hardy, disease tolerant, and early ripening.  And Jim and Catherine have also put in “vitis vinifera“, pure bred European vines, planted on a root stock that makes them hardier.


Maelstrom Winery will produce red, white, and rosé wines as well as blends and sparkling cider.  Ably assisted by their sons, Brett, Blaine and Brian, who are very much involved with the new business, the entire family is looking forward to developing this unique initiative, one that’s sure to heighten the profile of Huron County with wine-lovers and tourists alike.


It has been said that life is too short to drink bad wine—Maelstrom Winery agrees and will deliver preeminent Riesling, Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Geisenheim, Chardonnay, Maréchal Foch Frontenac Blanc, Vidal and Marquette, an award winning wine that finishes as a complex, ruby red with pronounced tannins and highly desirable notes of cherry, berry, black pepper, and spice on both nose and palate.


Santé!  Cheers!  Skål!  Prost!  Salute!

For more details on this exciting new venture located just south of Seaforth, Ontario in the heart of Ontario’s West Coast contact the owners, Jim & Catherine at


Man of Steel…….

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.

Quote by Napoleon Hill


The Story of Martin Steel in the Village of Vanastra

Bill Martin is a Man of Steel – and has been for over 50 years.  Beginning work with a scrap metal company in the 1960’s, Bill learned how to turn a profit from used products and soon was operating his own business.  Martin Steel was an environmental leader long before “Re-use, Reduce, Recycle” took hold.  The three R’s were their raison d’etre way back when.

Base co-ed dorms on left

Martin Steel’s five acres and buildings at the former RCAF Base, now the Village of Vanastra, were purchased in 1977 and were originally storage areas – for when a building is demolished, tons of material have to be transported, sorted, and re-sold.  The Vanastra site would accommodate large inventories and allow for transport truck entry and exit through three access gates.

4184_5_6In addition, the previous air force personnel quarters provided ample storage room on the upper floor for the fixtures, furniture, and the myriad of items that sometimes came from a razed building.  The 20,000 square foot main floor accommodated offices and business space for the burgeoning operation.


Word spread that quality re-usable structural material was readily available from Martin Steel, as well as those unique supplies sometimes needed – all at fair prices.  The customer base enlarged, spreading to the United States and many major centres in Canada.  Additional staff had to be hired and the company’s excellent reputation grew.  Over 30 years of achievement would ensue for Bill and Isabel Martin and their firm.


Now the point has arrived for the Martins to wind up the business and offer their prime real estate and historic buildings for sale.


A lifetime of ethical business dealings has been rewarding, but it’s time for another enterprise to take over the property—and develop its own success story.


Property Profile Martin Steel

This commercial property is presently for sale. For further information, please contact Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley of the Municipality of Huron East at or 519.525.7677.


Come Cheer on the Pros at the……

7th Annual Seaforth Country Classic

August 1 to 3, 2014

1 Seaforth Country Classic No 9 green

Seaforth Golf Course

42990 Front Road
1-A DOIG DRIVE, BOX 148 Seaforth, Ontario, Canada N0K 1W0
519 522 0985

Lucas Kim from Toronto backed up Friday’s 65 with a six under 64 to take the lead in the 2014 Seaforth Country Classic being held at the Seaforth Golf Course between August 1 to 3.  Kim will tee it up Sunday at 11:40 pm paired with London’s Andrew Parr.  Parr shot 68 on Saturday following his hot 63 on Friday.  Meanwhile Spence Laurie of Blenheim couldn’t pull the same game together and followed his Friday 63 with a five over 75 to leave him well back of the pack vying for the $10,000.00 first place cheque.  Defending Champion, David Markle of Shelburne is not out of the race after shooting 69 today.  He is paired with Stratford’s Brett Nymeyer who put together two rounds of 64-69 so it’s going to be a good race tomorrow.

No 15 green

Golf begins at 9 a.m. Sunday morning with the final pairings teeing off just before noon.  The Seaforth Country Classic raises money for the Canadian Diabetic Association and $50.00 will be donated to the association by Wes & Mary Ann Spence for every eagle made on Sunday.  Tickets are $10.00 and include parking.

No 16 long shot

1 Seaforth Country Classic Robert Tetu

Breakfast and lunch buffets will be served during the day. (Breakfast ends at 10:30 am Lunch at 2:00 pm)