All wet!

Hughie Cahill, 5, tests out the new splash pad at Lions Park in Kincardine on Saturday. The Kincardine Lions Clb held a 'soft' opening to allow children who had raised money for the water park - Olivia, Sierra and Cole Griffin, Max Malholtra and Ashley Mayer - to be the first to try it out. (Barb McKay photo)


WestJet bomb threat call made to Kincardine airport

By Barb McKay

 

A phone call reporting a bomb was placed on a WestJet flight bound for Edmonton Saturday came in to the Kincardine municipal airport.

 

Airport manager Blake Evans confirmed that he received the phone call just after 9 a.m. Saturday.

 

“A male voice said, ‘there’s a bomb on Flight 391 from Halifax in the baggage compartment.’”

 


A Scottish welcome!

A little rain can't stop the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. The band made its debut Saturday night, kicking off another summer of marches. There will be no shortage of all things Scottish this weekend, with the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games set to kick off Friday night. For more details, pick up a copy of this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


SBGHC continues to trim to avoid cuts to core services

Laundry service to be contracted out

By Barb McKay

 

Intensified pressure on health services in Bruce and Grey and no increases in government funding for the past several years is forcing the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) to trim where it can.

 

The SBGHC held its annual board meeting at the Kincardine hospital and CEO Paul Rosebush said the health centre is holding its own, despite four straight years of flat funding from the province.

 

“It’s been a long and challenging year, but it’s been a successful year,” he said. “If you look at the bottom line, we still met the goals, as we have in recent years.”

 


On tempo

Pantki Shah and Alora Myall, both 9, put on a performance at the first Drift In Cruise Night of the season Friday in downtown Kincardine. The girls are with the Grace Dance Academy. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine resident duped for more than $800

The South-Bruce OPP issued a reminder to residents to be wary of scams after a Municipality of Kincardine resident was scammed for more than $800 recently.

An unsolicited phone call was received to report a problem with a computer, and “repairs” ended up costing $815.

Police ask all residents to be cautious of unsolicited calls, letters, e-mails and strangers at the door. Tech savvy scammers can create very convincing scams and the best defence is to verify before you ever consider sending money or sharing information.

Fraud is a multi-million dollar enterprise that won’t stop until cons stop making money. For more information on fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online at www.antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501. 


Five years in the making

Point Clark lighthouse restoration complete

The Point Clark lighthouse was officially re-opened Saturday. Helping with the ribbon cutting ceremonies were, from left, Gary MacMillan of Parks Canada, Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan, Katerine Welch of Parks Canada and RCMP Mountie and Point Clark native Jason Morton. For the full story on the project and Saturday's opening, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


No traffic lights for Highway 21 at South Line

By Barb McKay

 

The temporary traffic lights on Highway 21 at the South Line have come down and they will not be going back up.

 

During the June 17 council meeting, mayor Anne Eadie presented the idea to council of looking into having a permanent set of traffic lights at the intersection to help lower the risk of collisions. She said during a recent discussion with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke was given the name of the appropriate person at the Ministry to call if the municipality wants to pursue obtaining traffic lights. The traffic lights were installed last spring for the detour route on the South Line while road work was being done on Highway 9.

 


McLelland Classic this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The skirl of the bagpipes won’t drown out the crack of the bat.

It may be Scottish Festival weekend in Kincardine, but the Kincardine Cubs and the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association are teaming up to make Saturday Baseball Day in Kincardine.

A full day of baseball is on tap at Connaught Park, highlighted by the fifth annual Mike McClelland Memorial Kincardine Cubs Classic.

The Kincardine Cubs, fresh off a 3-1 win over the Mitchell Astros on Sunday afternoon, will play a double-header on Saturday – a 2 p.m. game against the expansion Hanover Hitmen, and a 7:30 p.m. start against the St. Thomas Cardinals. The Cubs are the defending 2013 and 2014 Ontario Baseball Association champions, as well as the 2014 defending TVSBL champs.

Between those games, the Kincardine OBA peewee Cardinals will host Goderich Grey at 5 p.m. on Tout Field.