Weeberlac Holsteins Wins Master Breeder Shield


Tim and Diane Groniger , daughter Olivia, and their son Scott and his wife Kristin are one of the newest recipients of the Master Breeder Shield. Scott graduated from Kemptville College in 2009 and returned home to farm with his parents at Weeberlac Holsteins in Carlsbad Springs. Tim credited his son for the final push to the shield. “ I started the base, he finished her,” said Tim. Congratulations to the Groniger family who will receive their shield at the Holstein Convention , Charlottetown PEI, in April.

Picture credit: Farmers Forum, January 2019  Vol.28 No 1.

Kemptville Grad Heads to Provincial Winter Games

Recent winner of District 8 Prediction Skating , held recently in Cornwall, is Stephanie Hill-Nicholls ’69 ( pictured in the center). The OSGA Provincial Winter Games will be held in Huntsville on March 5 – 7, 2019.  Stephanie will be competing in the Alpine Skiing Competition for 65+.


We wish her the best of luck.

Taking Pride in our Roots

On August 26th, Peterborough County – a full crowd was present for presentations of four post-humous and current agricultural hall of fame inductions. Read the article by Valerie Macdonald below.




Showmanship Rewarded by Alumni

Kim Link presented the award on behalf on the Kemptville Alumni Association for Top Intermediate Showman at the Metcalfe Fair to Katie Babcock from Frontenac.


Congratulations on the payoff of your hard work Katie!




Honey we bought the paper!

Alumni Don Good ’66 is among two others that have partnered to become the new ownership team for Etcetera Publications Inc.. Together, Linda Vogel, AJ Al-Rajab and Donald R. Good will be keeping local media alive and well. Congratulations to all!


Here is the article that announced the change in ownership, this article appeared in the Eastern Ontario AgriNews September Edition.


by Kalynn Sawyer Helmer
AgriNews Staff Writer

CHESTERVILLE – On Aug. 1, partners, Linda Vogel, AJ Al-Rajab and Donald Good, officially took over ownership of the Chesterville Record. North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan, presented the group with a scroll on Mon., Aug. 13 to congratulate them on the acquisition of the local business. The scroll reads, “We appreciate your positive contribution to making North Dundas a great place to live, work and raise a family.”


Linda Vogel operates a farm with her husband in North Stormont and owns Linda’s Bookkeeping, with offices in Chesterville, Apple Hill and Perth. She has been the manager of Etcetera Publications (Chesterville Record, Villager and Eastern Ontario AgriNews) for four years, and will continue in the role for the day to day operations.


Donald Good is an agricultural lawyer from Ottawa with experience in journalism. Good sold his practice, which opened in 1983, to AGB Lawyers to grow his firm in 2012.


AJ Al-Rajab has a PhD in agricultural sciences from Lorraine University, France. He worked for different institutions including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Al-Rajab published over 25 scientific research articles and a few book chapters related to the agricultural and environmental sciences. His interest in agricultural publishing and knowledge transferring, led him to join the team at Etcetera Publications.


Good and Al-Rajab will be contributing to the editorial content of the publications and hope to become familiar faces in the area. All three partners look forward to expanding operations and maintaining the publications as local sources of news.


“We are excited to continue the legacy of the Chesterville Record, Villager and the Eastern Ontario AgriNews. All three partners are committed to providing quality editorial to the counties of Stormont, Dundas and Russell,” said Vogel. “We look forward to being an active part of the local community.”