Winter beach work

The Macpherson Park Shoreline Stabalization Project is underway at the beach on the north side of the harbour. The municipal project is drawing mixed reviews from the public. (Josh Howald photo)

 Extensive medical clinic renos to accommodate new doctors

Announcement regarding another new doctor expected next month

By Barb McKay

The final cost of renovations to the Hawthorne Medical Clinic has yet to be determined, but the project is included in this year’s municipal budget.

During last Monday’s Municipality of Kincardine budget meeting councillors questioned proposed big spending on the medical clinic and learned that the extensive work is being done to accommodate the influx of new physicians. Originally, upgrades to examining rooms and renovations to the administrative space were budgeted at $200,000. However, during a budget meeting in January a much higher figure – $600,000 – was presented.

 Kincardine budget finalized with 7.28 per cent tax rate increase

Council looks to form committee to create plan to fund community projects

By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine residents will see an increase of 7.28 per cent on the municipal portion of their tax bill this year, due mainly to the cost of arbitration resulting from the failed sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink.

Together with county and education taxes, the blended tax rate increase for 2017 is 3.7 per cent, which amounts to an increase of $103 on the tax bill for residents with an average property value of $244,000.

According to Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie, who addressed that tax rate increase during last Monday’s final municipal budget meeting, less than one per cent of the increase is due to operating expenditures and 2.7 per cent for capital costs. The remainder comes from legal costs associated with the arbitration from the aborted sale of Bruce Telecom – expected to total $625,000.

 Bruce Power urges boaters to use caution near site

Bruce Power is informing boaters of the presence of thermal monitoring stations in the vicinity of the Bruce site, which contain ropes that pose a risk of entangling in propellers.

Bruce Power conducts long-term and continuous monitoring of the thermal water plume from the Bruce A and B outflows in order to determine the extent and duration of the plume, seasonal variations, and to verify that site operations are causing no significant adverse environmental impacts.

There have been 25 monitoring stations deployed since the last fall, and they will remain in place until May, when the current winter stations will be replaced with a summer configuration, where surface marker buoys are used.

The monitoring stations span from McRae Point, south of the Bruce site, to MacGregor Point, to the north. They are deployed between five and 20 metres of depth, close to shore and extend offshore roughly 2.5 kilometres.

 Volunteers step up to save Kincardine fish hatchery

More volunteers needed to run Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby

By Barb McKay

In the wake of concerns that the future of the Kincardine fish hatchery was in jeopardy due to a lack of volunteers, several people have come forward to keep it going.

KTTPS is one of several schools that participates in programs with the Kincardine Fish Hatchery. Students Tony Chen, Ran Hinchberger and Caidance Reyneveld are seen here in this photo from the Independent file archive.


 Storm knocks out power to thousands

A fierce winter storm Sunday evening knocked out power all over Kincardine and beyond.

Hydro One said more than 17,000 customers were left without power on Sunday in 23 separate outages.

Downed power lines due to heavy winds wreaked havoc and sent Kincardine spiralling into darkness.

Wingham, Listowel, Stratford and Port Elgin were all left in the dark.

Power was restored to most area homes before 8 p.m. Sunday, though some residents were without power until Monday morning.

 Few lanes remaining for BBBS Kincardine Bowl for Kids Sake

By Barb McKay

Time is running out to book your lane for the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Kincardine Bowl for Kids Sake.

This year’s fundraiser will be held March 4 and 5 at the Bruce Bowling Lanes. There are just a few late lanes available for teams on Saturday and Sunday is entirely sold out. This is the organization’s largest fundraiser and all the proceeds raised go directly to programs and services in the community. Last year the Kincardine chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary and raised $30,000 through the Bowl for Kids Sake.

“We have 25 teams registered so far – an amazing turnout,” said BBBS of Kincardine office and community co-ordinator Kayla Piekarz. “We are so excited!”

 Midgets, Elmvale left in the dark

Kincardine holds 2-0 series lead

By Josh Howald

Kincardine thought they would have a chance to sweep away the Elmvale midgets Sunday night at home.

Kyle Hunter buries a first period chance during Game 1 of the OMHA midget quarter-finals aganist Elmvale Friday night at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine community holds vigil at Islamic Centre

By Pauline Kerr

An estimated 250 people, including Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadieand councillor Laura Haight, gathered at the Islamic Centre in Kincardine for a candlelight vigil Friday evening.

Friday night's candlelit vigil outside the Islamic Centre in Kincardine. (Pauline Kerr photo)


 House fire leaves man in critical condition

A 26-year-old man is in critical condition in a Hamilton hospital as the result of a house fire Friday afternoon.

Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services responded to a 911 call at 3:25 p.m. Friday at 1433 Southline. They arrived to find the farm house completely engulfed in flames. A man residing at the home was taken to the Kincardine hospital prior to fire crews’ arrival and then transferred to a Hamilton hospital where he was listed in critical condition. A child at the home was treated at the Kincardine hospital and released.

Kincardine firefighters were on the scene for six hours, assisted by firefighters from the Tiverton station as well as a water tanker from the Ripley Huron Fire Department, Bruce County Paramedics, Hydro One and the OPP.