by Frances Learment

A photographic look back at what made news in the Shoreline Beacon in 2019. SHORELINE BEACON FILES

2019 was a year of great triumphs, of heart-wrenching losses, milestone municipal decisions, and shining triumphs for Saugeen Shores citizens on local, provincial, national and international stages.

Here is a photographic look back.


Approximately 20 Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) students enrolled in an off-site Specialist High Skills Major in construction – a four-credit construction course taught by Bud Halpin – gaining experience with Precision Framing and Home Construction at the WestLinks subdivision taking shape on Port Elgin’s east end.
Starting off the New Year involved games, crafts and giggles for Southampton sisters Felicity Low,4, and Kinley, 6, at the Winter Fun Days at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre Jan. 5.















Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club coach Michael Hundt (red) pretended to push club member Madi McNeill into freezing Lake Huron at the Port Elgin waterfront during the club’s annual polar bear dip fundraiser.


Five-year-old Cruz McGregor and his three-year-old brother Banks enjoyed some quality art time during Winterfest Feb. 16 at Coulter Parkette in downtown Port Elgin.





One of the signs of Spring in Southampton is the large chunks of ice and tree limbs that clogged the mouth of the Saugeen River, seen here March 20.

Ralph Hornsby saw Port Elgin’s potential. Founder of Ralph’s Hi-Way Shopette – a modern day general store that became a Port Elgin landmark – died March 4, age 86.


Marking the Bruce Shoreline Self Advocates group’s donation to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre’s ‘Have a Seat campaign’ were Terri Johnston (front left) and Maria Canton, Rachael Arnold, Tim Garrod, Melissa Pettigrew (staff advisor), Kathy Pantlin and Cindy

Students at Port Elgin Saugeen Central School spoke out against bullying April 10 to mark International Day of Pink . Some of their heartfelt messages were on the school bulletin board.


Rev. Gordon Williams, the minister in 1999, Bruce Giles, chair of the Structure Committee, and Rev. Bonnie Holliday, the current minister, pose for a photo in advance of Port Elgin United Church celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bruce Street location.

Everyone swayed to the music including Saugeen District Secondary School student Noah Waldman who danced with Joyce Curtis-Wilson at the annual spring prom at Southampton Care Centre.


Piping down the sun is a summer tradition every Friday at the Southampton waterfront.


Players in the Grade 4-6 division of the Canadian Tire Basketball League celebrated the end of a successful season with awards and pizza last month.





The night sky was lit up as Southampton celebrated Canada Day with a fireworks display over Lake Huron.

The official opening of a paved two-kilometre section of the Saugeen Rail Trail – from Concession 10 to River St. in Port Elgin – on Canada Day made access easier for all users.


To mark its 125 years of business in Port Elgin, Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau (centre) delivered congratulations and a certificate to Barrie Eby (left) and Blair Eby.


Peevers Locksmith co-owners Donna Peevers and her son-in-law Scott McMeekin, received congratulations and a congratulatory certificate from Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau to mark their 50-year history of operating a business in Port Elgin.




























Members of the Saugeen Shores Mosquito Sting 11U baseball team – some fidgety with nervous smiles – were honoured at the Sept. 9 Saugeen Shores council meeting for capturing the Ontario Baseball Provincial championship Aug. 30- Sept. 1 in Port Elgin.
Dining on fresh produce grown in the surrounding fields, 110 guests – each who paid $150 – dined al fresco Sept. 7 in a twinkling tent erected at Port Elgin’s Hi-Berry Farm, raising approximately $4,500 for playground equipment at the proposed Lamont Sports Park in Port Elgin.



















Jane and Phil Hunt of Cameron, Ont., with their 1,771.5-pound pumpkin that won Saturday’s weigh off at the 33rd annual Port Elgin Pumpkinfest on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Port Elgin.

An outpouring of heartfelt unconditional love and support from family and friends are tender mercies for the Botting family of Port Elgin whose youngest son, Easton, 3, is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.




At solemn services at cenotaphs in Saugeen Shores ,hundreds paid their respects to those who fought for freedom, marking Remembrance Day with prayer, music and laying of wreaths.



The Woodstock rink skipped by Mark Kean won the $5,000 Open division cash prize at the Super Spiel at the Port Elgin Curling Club Nov.15-17, defeating Richard Krell of K-W 4-2 in the final.



The proposed Cedar Crescent Village – a private  project on town-owned land (above), was recently approved in principle by Saugeen Shores councillors. The expected final approval in the New Year will create a $7 to $10 million private investment on town owned land, as depicted in an architect’s rendering (below).