Ideal conditions?

More than 50 surfers from across the province as from as far away as Rochester, New York, as well as the Mexican longboard champion turned out for the second annual West Shore Huron Classic at Station Beach on Saturday. Despite cold and wet conditions, the surfers spent much of the day taking advantage of the excellent wave conditions. The event was a qualifier for the Rip Curl Tofino Pro in Britich Columbia next Spring. (Barb McKay photo)


Hydro rates to increase, again

Residents and small business owners across Ontario can expect to see an increase in their electricity rates next month.

 

The Ontario Energy Board announced that as of Nov. 1 the rates for an average consumer will increase by 1.7 per cent per month, meaning users can expect to see an increase of approximately $2 on the ‘electricity’ line of their monthly bill. The OEB is attributing the estimated increase in the cost of power from rate-regulated nuclear and hydroelectric power plants.

 


Lions to break ground on splash pad soon

By Barb McKay

The Kincardine Lions Club is ready to break ground on its splash pad and hopes to have it operational by next summer.

 

Council got bogged down in debates over the proposed paving stone walkway and parking considerations during its meeting last Wednesday night. Lions Club members finally interjected and said they just need to construct the mechanical building so the project does not get pushed back another year.

 


CNSC tells nuclear facilities to make anti-radiation pills part of emergency plan

Canada’s nuclear oversight body is requiring potassium-iodide (KI) pills to be made available to residents living near nuclear power plants.

 

In its Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response regulatory report, released last week, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has set out requirements and suggestions for nuclear power operations to follow in developing their emergency plans. One of the suggestions from the Commission is to provide thyroid-blocking agents, KI pills, when applicable.

 


Honouring our heroes

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #183 will honour local soldiers from the First World War with special banners. The Legion has commissioned Irv Mills to create 20 banners with the images and names of soldiers whose names are engraved on the Kincardine cenotaph. The banners will be displayed on lamp posts on Queen Street. The Legion is asking residents who have photos of those whose names are on the cenotaph to share them in order to make additional banners for next year's Remembrance Day ceremonies. This banner is in honour of Gilbert Shewfelt. From left, poppy campaign co-chair Stewart Neely, Legion past president Red Larsen, Gilbert Shewfelt's great-nephew Bill Shewfelt, Legion president Maureen Couture and poppy campaign co-chair Laura Haight. (Barb McKay photo)


Keep an eye out for hummingbirds, says birding expert

By Barb McKay

There is still much that is unknown about the tiny hummingbird, but a small group of experts is seeking to learn more.

 

Cindy Cartwright, co-ordinator of the Ontario Hummingbird Project, was at the Ripley Huron Community Centre last Wednesday to give a special presentation to the Ripley and District Horticultural Society about banding hummingbirds. Cartwright is one of just four licensed active banders in Ontario. There is a banding station in Bruce County, in Dunblane.


McMillan Memorial this weekend

Eight midget teams in town for tourney

By Josh Howald

 

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget rep Kinucks will take to the ice Friday night at 7 p.m. to kick off the annual Archie McMillan Memorial tournament.

 

The midgets will host seven other centres this weekend for the annual tourney, which usually draws some of the top midget-aged hockey teams from around the province.

 

Kincardine will open the tourney with a game against Minto Twp. The Kinucks will play in Pool A with Minto, Mitchell and Twin Centres. Pool B will consist of Petrolia, Penetang, Goderich and Mount Forest.


"Plenty to be proud of"

Grads home for commencement

Co-valedictorians Kush Joshi, left, and Bronwynne Harvey are set to lead the KDSS class of 2014 to big things. Commencement ceremonies and awards were held Friday evening at the school. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Mayors hope natural gas business case will be platform for provincial funding

By Barb McKay

 

The business case to determine the feasibility of bringing natural gas service to the region has been released to the public.

 

The 126-page report was commissioned by the Municipality of Kincardine and Townships of Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie, who have partnered to look into the possibility of bringing in natural gas to the area as a means to attract new business and reduce energy costs for residents.