Fiddlesticks

Randy Morrison of Brampton was one of the special guests to perform at World Fiddle Day Saturday afternoon on Harbour Street in Kincardine. Morrison, who has family in the area, and his fellow fiddlers had perfect weather for the show. (Josh Howald photo)


Ontario climate change legislation calls for phase out of residential natural gas use

 By Barb McKay

 Ontario’s Climate Change legislation is raising questions about the future of proposed natural gas projects in the province, including one in southern Bruce County.

The Climate Change Action Plan was reportedly leaked to the Globe and Mail newspaper last week and outlines a strategy for reducing green house gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, and targets natural gas use in homes and businesses.


Municipality asks residents to conserve water

Residents in Kincardine, Tiverton and the Huronville subdivision are being asked to conserve water while repairs are being completed on the municipal water towers.

 

The Municipality of Kincardine issued a notice Friday to let residents know that the water towers in Kincardine and Tiverton will be taken out of service May 24 and are expected to remain out of service until Sept. 30 while maintenance is being done. The water services department says conservation measures should be used during this time frame to ensure there will be enough capacity for the Drinking water systems. Stage 1 Lawn watering restrictions are in effect and residents are being asked to try to refrain from any excess outdoor water usage if possible such as car washing, driveway cleaning, excess sprinkler usage and general water wastage.


Hoggarth fighting to save Fort McMurray

New son born last week

By Josh Howald

From the end of the world to the start of a new life, it has been a wild month for Randy and Tayla Hoggarth.

Tayla and Randy Hoggart with new son, Forrest.

 

Randy Hoggarth, a Kincardine District Secondary School graduate, and his wife Tayla are firefighters/EMTs in Fort McMurray. On Friday, Tayla gave birth to a healthy baby boy. One day, Forrest Jason Hoggarth will learn the details around his birth and find out what his parents did to ensure his safe arrival.


Kincardine Reunion committee prepares to unveil theme, logo

By Barb McKay

 

The Kincardine Old Boys and Old Girls committee is working on efforts to promote the 2018 event and will announce the winner of the Reunion logo contest next month.

 

Co-chairs Jennifer Cook and Dave Patterson were at last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to give an update on event planning and ask for funding. The committee asked for a $20,000 loan, which will be repaid following the Reunion, and a $20,000 community grant. The money will be used to pay for insurance, promotional material and the Reunion website, security during the event and seed money for three fundraising events.

 


Music to dance to

Irelyn Nixon, left, of Kincardine and Elena Dobson of Walkerton did a great job of representing Celtic Academy Canada at World Fiddle Day in Kincardine. A large crowd gathered for the upbeat performance on Harbour Street that featured special guests, soloists and dance performances. (Josh Howald photo)


Bruce Telecom workers seek new contract

Bruce Telecom and the union representing its construction and clerical workers have until May 29 to negotiate a new contract agreement. If they can’t meet that deadline, the possibility of a strike or lockout exists.

The municipally-owned Bruce Telecom and its 58 workers have been trying, unsuccessfully, to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the help of a conciliation officer.

The union was optimistic a deal can be reached. The parties were to meet again on Friday with the assistance of a federally-appointed mediation officer.


Bridge dedicated to Cst. Craig Campbell

By Josh Howald

Yesterday, more than 30 years after he paid the ultimate sacrifice, Cst. Craig Campbell was honoured by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Campbell was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 3, 1985. Campbell, who was only 24, had been with the police force a little more than one year. He left behind his wife, Leslie.

He was one of three people killed in a horrific car crash in the early hours of an August Saturday night in 1985. His partner Cst. William O'Sullivan, who was driving the police cruiser, was seriously injured in the crash. Two teenage girls that were passengers in the other vehicle were also killed, while a 12-year-old girl escaped with minor injuries and the driver, a 20-year-old man from Brussels, with serious injuries.


Sign of spring

Mother Cow was keeping close watch on her newborn calf last week in a pasture along Bruce Road 8 near Ripley. (Barb McKay photo)