Gananoque up next for atoms

Our total local playoff hockey update!

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks are all finished with Listowel and will turn attention to Gananoque this weekend.

The atoms clinched a WOAA playoff championship Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine with a 5-1 win over Listowel in Game 5 of the WOAA finals. The win gave the Kinucks a 7-1 win on points. The series became a race to six points after Game 2 ended in a 2-2 draw.

In Game 5, Chase Anderson, Tyler Johns and Jared Houghton each scored first period goals for Kincardine. Quinton Page assisted on all three of those goals. Johns added an assist, as did Casey Beisel and Myles Courtney. Kincardine was held off the scoreboard in the middle frame, but put some emphasis on the win with two more goals in the third. Nolan Janes scored early from Nathan Arnold, and Page completed the scoring at 8:47.


Feeling blue

Every shade of blue was visible from the north pier Monday morning. The thermometer has been all over the place recently, with heavy rains on Sunday evening taking care of a lot of accumulated snow. (Josh Howald photo)


Duncan Hawthorne announces retirement

After two decades at the helm of what is now the world’s largest nuclear power facility, Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne will retire this year.

Bruce Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne seen here speaking at the Empire Club in Toronto. (Independent file photo/Howald)

 

According to a report from the nuclear power corporation, Hawthorne announced to Bruce Power employees Monday morning that with a new long-term framework secured for the site and a stable eight-unit operation, he plans to retire from his role as head of the company in 2016.


Municipal parking lot project gets green light

By Barb McKay

 

It is unlikely that Municipality of Kincardine residents will see a double-digit tax rate increase this year.

 

Council chipped away at the municipal budget during a special council meeting last Monday to get the residential tax rate increase down to 6.37 per cent. That is a significant decrease from where the budget started off from a month ago with a projected 10 per cent rate increase. Municipal treasurer Roxana Baumann presented a revised budget report last week that proposed a 9.1 per cent increase, after receiving the final MPAC assessment figures and following the completion of municipal wage and benefit negotiations.

 


Kincardine to establish Community Economic Development Committee

By Barb McKay

 

Murray Clarke’s first formal undertaking as the new head of economic development for the municipality is to institute a Community Economic Development Committee.

 


Unit 8 maintenance underway

On Jan. 15, the Bruce Power 822 MW Unit 8 at Bruce B was removed from service for a $116 million planned maintenance and inspection program. After more than 100 consecutive days of production, the unit will be returned to service in the second quarter of 2016.

“By investing in regular maintenance, we are ensuring the units will operate with a high degree of reliability into the future setting the stage for refurbishment which will get underway with Unit 6 in 2020,”  said Pierre Pilon, senior vice-president for Bruce B.

While Unit 8 is shut down, workers will also remove Cobalt-60 which will eventually be used to sterilize disposable medical supplies. (For more information, visit www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com).


Midgets lead Listowel 2-1

Game 4 tonight in Listowel

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will try again tonight to close out an opening round playoff series against Listowel.

Bradley Pickett searches for a loose puck in Game 1 of the Kincardine - Listowel midget series Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 


McCormick Game this Saturday

Note time change

The 20th annual Ken McCormick Memorial hockey game and dance will take place this Saturday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The always popular fundraiser will start with a hockey game at 6:30 p.m. A dance, featuring live entertainment in Moe'N the Lawn, will follow at the Davidson Centre Hall.

*Update:

The Memorial Game has been pushed back to 7:45 p.m. to accomodate Game 1 of the OMHA quarter-final series between the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks and the Ganonaque Islanders. We urge people to come out and support the atoms on their quest for an OMHA title.


Province follows Kincardine’s request to change off-road vehicle laws

By Barb McKay

 

A petition from the Municipality of Kincardine has prompted the Ontario government to amend its regulations for all-terrain vehicles.

 

Last year, councillor Mike Leggett introduced a motion during a municipal council meeting to request the province to change its laws to permit municipalities to allow all-terrain vehicles on municipal highways. During last Wednesday’s council meeting, municipal staff presented Kincardine’s all-terrain vehicle use bylaw with amendments that will now allow the vehicles to travel on local highways and to come into town for fuel, food and shopping.