Family fun at the Ripley Winter Carnival


Michael Meakes with daughters Michelle, 4, and Sophia, 8, have a visit a horse following a sleigh ride during the Ripley Winter Carnival on Saturday. (Barb McKay photo)

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day


By Tammy Schneider


Kincardine businesses and residents have been asked to pull out their funkiest footware to mark World Down Syndrome Day by participating in the Lots of Socks awareness campaign.


The campaign is celebrated world wide and puts the focus on individuals living with Down syndrome, with the goal of increasing awareness about what Down syndrome is and the important role people with Down syndrome have in today's society.


Huron-Kinloss council looks for savings to lower tax rate increase to 2.6 per cent


By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss council is asking township department heads to find savings in their capital budgets in order to lower the tax rate this year.


Council met on Feb. 11 to review and discuss the first draft of the 2019 municipal budget. The budget includes $8.3 million in operating expenditures (an increase of $500,000 over last year’s budget but only $40,000 more than what was actually spent in 2018) and a draft capital budget of $5.58 million, which is less than the previous year. If council adopts the budget as presented, it would require a three per cent tax rate increase.




Skaters Brooke Thomas and Rosie Laidler display gold medals won at the Special Olympics provincial games in Sault Ste. Marie in February. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Athletes go for the gold at the provinical Special Olympics games


By Tammy Schneider


Seven athletes representing Kincardine joined their peers from Port Elgin, Owen Sound, Walkerton and Hanover to compete at the Special Olympics winter provincial games in Sault St. Marie on Jan. 31 to Feb 3.


Kincardine Community Achievement Award nominees announced


The Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the 2019 Community Achievement Awards.


There are three nominees for each of the 14 awards sponsored by Kincardine businesses and organizations. The awards will be presented at a gala at Ainsdale Golf Course on March 2. The three nominees for this year’s Bruce Power Citizen of the Year Award are Tom Desmond, Pete Richards and Alana Rozen.


Ready to strike


The cold weather didn’t bother Trillium Court Retirement home resident Kathryn Cooper, who enjoyed a game of indoor bowling with friends during last week’s stormy weather. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Kincardine councillors meet with education, infrastructure ministers at ROMA


By Barb McKay


Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie had only positive things to say about last week’s Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference.


The annual conference, which this year was held in Toronto from Jan. 27-29, allows municipal officials to network, hear presentations on important rural issues and take part in workshops on matters relevant to rural municipalities. The conference also allows municipal council representatives to meet with provincial government ministers to discuss issues pertaining to their municipality. Eadie said she found this year’s conference to be especially beneficial.


Frozen pipes have potential to cause thousands of dollars in damage


By Tammy Schneider


Falling temperatures and consistently cold weather can have an adverse effect on your home, especially your pipes. If you turn on your faucet during the winter and little or no water comes out of the tap, don’t delay in checking your pipes for signs of frost. You may notice a strange smell coming from the faucet, meaning odors have no way of escaping through the blocked pipe and are heading back up to the faucet.