May Alumni Spotlight

Joe and Joy ( deHaas ) Krol ‘80 Grads

Joe and Joy are both year ‘80 grads. Joe was raised on a dairy farm near Williamstown and graduated from the Agricultural program at KCAT.  After graduation he worked on his parents’ farm until purchasing his current farm in Berwick in May 1984. Joy was raised on a dairy farm near Maxville and graduated

from the Food and Fashion program at KCAT. After graduation she worked at Riopelle Fabrics in Ottawa until she married Joe and began farming with him in September,1984. Joy also continues to enjoy her other career as a seamstress.

Although they had met at college, it was a chance encounter at the Glengarry Highland Games in 1983, that really brought them together.

They are the proud parents of two daughters, Natalie and Lauren, and two sons, Andrew and Thomas. As you can see from the family picture, Joe and Joy are proud of their children’s partners and, of course, their beautiful grandchildren.

Joe and Joy (deHaas) Kro

Krolane is a dairy farm with purebred Holsteins. When their children were younger they participated in4-H and cattle shows. Now as empty nesters Joe and Joy are busy with the cattle and crops of hay, corn and soybeans. They use conservation tillage and no-till and have received the Soil Conservation Award from the Stormont Soil and Crop Improvement Association.

Both Joe and Joy have and continue to be involved in their community. Joe has been a 4-H leader and a past president of both the Stormont 4-H Association and the Stormont Holstein Club. He is actively involved with the Stormont Federation of Agriculture and the Knights of Columbus. When Joe was a director of EBI/EastGen, he presented our Historical Building plans to them and we thank him for doing this and EBI/EastGen for their generous donation.

Joy has been involved in 4-H, North Stormont Silver Blades Skating Club, local Catholic Women’s League and was a very active school volunteer when their children were younger. The Seaway Valley Theatre Company has benefitted from her fashion skills. As a member of the Sisters for Life group, which organises local fundraising activities for various cancer initiatives, she has helped raise over $160,000 over the past eight years.

Every community would love to have Kemptville grads like Joe and Joy in their community. Thank you both for all you are doing and have accomplished.

April Spotlight on 2008 Kemptville Grad

In 2008 Kevin Elshof graduated from Kemptville College. After graduation he worked and travelled in New Zealand and Australia with two schoolmates. In 2010 Kevin returned home full time to Therihof Jerseys. At this time, working with his parents Ria and Theo, they moved their purebred Jersey herd from a tie stall to a free stall. The new free stall accommodates 120 animals. Moving to the free stall meant they were able to double their quota holdings. 

Kevin Elshof

In 2016 they built an addition on the free stall to house heifers and dry cows. 2016 also brought wedding bells when Kevin married Marleen from Grand Valley. She moved here with her family from Holland in 2002. When Marleen married Kevin , she brought her flock of Rideau Arcott sheep with her and they are housed in the old barn along with the chickens that 3 year old Stanley and 1 1/2 year old Lydia  help look after. For a wedding gift they received a day old Holstein calf as a gift and now they have 10% Holsteins with their Jersey herd.

Kevin and Marleen work full time on the farm and Ria and Theo are still involved in the day to day work as well. Therihof Jerseys became incorporated in 2019 to include Kevin and Marleen so they could have more input in the future of the farm for themselves and the next generation.

Kevin is the class rep for year 2008 and is active in the St. Lawrence Valley Jersey Club and is on the Jersey Canada Youth Board. Dairy farming (and sheep farming) will remain progressive with an ambitious Kemptville grad.

March Spotlight on Kemptville Grad

After graduation in 1967, John Downey returned to the family farm in Caledon ON. In 1971 he married Ruth and they took over the family farm. In 1992 they sold their dairy herd and moved into the agri tourism business with strawberries, raspberries, sweet corn, pumpkins and a playground. As time passed they started doing school tours, birthday parties and corporate events at the farm. They then added an Easter egg hunt for children, a Canada Day Celebration and then a Pumpkin Festival. In 1999, their oldest son took over the crops and started his own business across the road , including an apple orchard.

In 2020 their youngest daughter and her husband bought the argi tourism business and now John helps when needed and gives his opinion whether it is wanted or not.  Now Ruth and John have more time to spend with their five children and 15 grandchildren. 

If you are visiting Downey Farms this July, wish John and Ruth a Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary. Check out their web at

Kemptville Grads Never Retire

Norm Blodgett ‘52 grad, from Peterborough is like the “Energizer Bunny “. He just keeps going and going and going.His latest project is making Deacon Tables. The one he is working on is from red Oak and he has completed three of these to date.Norm keeps in touch with alumni and has stayed very interested in the Kemptville College Historical Building and is waiting patiently to return to reunions.

Norm Blodgett
Norm Blodgett
Norm Blodgett
Norm Blodgett

Our Alumni Santa Claus

The Kemptville College Alumni is very fortunate to have a real Santa Claus among their Alumni. Do you recognize him? If you do not go back over the news items and check out the “ Pumpkin Grower”. Merry Christmas alumni and Happy New Year.


Pets and Covid

Covid has given some Kemptville grads time to train a new puppy. Donna Koeniger ‘69 grad, is doing just that. She recently took “ Ruby “ their new Rottweiler puppy to have her Christmas picture taken. The photographer also has a Kemptville connection. Her parents are Kim and Graham Link, also ‘69 grads. You can see where she is taking pictures by checking Margaret on Facebook at Photography by Margaret Link.

 Pets and Covid