By Doug Kennedy
It should be no surprise who the third corporate sponsor of the Kincardine Bulldogs is; Lynda and Harold Maurer.
For the first 10 years the Kincardine Bulldogs had a team, they had no luck getting a corporate sponsor. Tim Nichol from Nichol Insurance took that role for nine years, before Fairmount Security took the spot over for the last three years.
After moving here in 1989, it did not take me long to realize who Lynda and Harold Maurer were and see how much they were involved in the community and how respected they were. I would often see them helping out at Kincardine Kings games and around the ball park, running baseball tournaments.
Bulldogs general manager Warren Beisel says the team could not be happier to have Lynda and Harold Maurer, owners of Dar-lyn Pools, as their major sponsor.
”Lynda and Harold have supported sports in our community for as long as I have lived in Kincardine and I am certain far beyond that,” said Beisel. “They not only sponsored my Kincardine baseball team in peewee and bantam, but they were also our number-one fans. They travelled with our team everywhere we went. It would be rare not to see Howie (Harold) in his familiar seat at a Bulldog’s home game .He is a huge supporter and always will be.”
Harold was a key organizer when raising money to build Legion Park. He was also a tournament convener for over four decades for Kincardine Minor Baseball.
Beisel said having a hometown family business as the major sponsor was a perfect fit for the Bulldogs.
“We are truly excited about our new relationship with Dar-Lyn Pools, Lynda and Harold Maurer,” said Beisel.
I will never forget the meeting the new junior team had at Harold’s sporting goods store on the main street. We had a contest in the newspaper to name the team. That night we picked the colours and team name in a very heated discussion. Harold and Lynda’s son, Darrin, had a strong involvement in the early years and has come back again during the past 10 years. Junior hockey has been a family tradition for the Maurers.
Harold and Lynda also own Jean’s Restaurant, a popular breakfast spot for many of the locals around town. That’s just one more reason to support our local businesses. Harold is always first in line to help out with any community project.