August 2008

Humming in the Rain

Trying to stay dry through Saturday night's massed pipe band parade were, from left, Deb Leyden, Bob Ward, Glenna Hannah and Norma Ward. Spirits were the only thing not dampened at the Saturday night parade. (Josh Howald photo)

Strange but steady tourism season

Day-trippers replace stay-at-home Americans

Three kids in beach clothes lick multicoloured ice-cream they just bought from Glenna Angus's Scoop & Save store.
Tourists and cottagers such as these have made up a large part of Angus's summer clientele at the Harbour Street shop for the past 25 years.

This season has been steady, she says, despite spurting gas prices, unsettled weather and a drooping economy.
"It's been good. It's in probably with last year, even a bit better because we had the Old Boys (& Girls Reunion)," she says.
Special events such as the reunion, Scottish and music festivals

have been sure bets to lure visitors to Kincardine in an otherwise uncertain season, says Kelly McDonald, Kincardine's tourism co-ordinator.

Harbor Beach delegates suitably impressed by Kincardine


Delegates from Kincardine's sister city - Harbour Beach, MI, - enjoyed a weekend in town. Harbour Beach's council attended the massed band festivities, toured the wind turbines and crusied Canadian waters in the Mysis rescue boat. The delegates, joined here by some of Kincardine's councillors, are, from left, Ron Hewitt, Jean and Al Kleinknecht, mayors Robert Swartz and Larry Kraemer, Dolores Tunewicha, Pauline Ward, Gord Campbell, Jean and Larry Goniewicha. (Josh Howald photo)

It was his first visit to Kincardine, but the town looked awfully familiar to Robert Swartz.
"It's pretty much the same," as Harbor Beach, Michigan, he said, where Swartz is mayor. "Harbor Beach is a little smaller...and the lake's on the other side," he quipped.

Davidson Centre back-up blip blows bookings

If you booked a room at the Davidson Centre during this spring or summer, it might not be yours.
Bookings made between May 1 and July 31 have been lost because they were not properly backed up on the recreation centre computer system.

Whether you rented a space six months or two years in advance, if you booked it during that three-month period, Davidson Centre staff urge you to call and confirm that it's still recorded.

The loss was hardware-related, says recreation director Karen Kieffer.
It only affected Davidson Centre rooms, including the meeting room, sun room, Kincardine Hall and arena floor.
The recreation department's own bookings remain intact, as have soccer field, pool, park and sports field rentals.
Staff discovered the back-up blip three weeks ago, while Kieffer was on vacation.

Enbridge project on schedule

The first group of turbines to go up at the Enbridge wind farm north of Tiverton are now in the commissioning process says general manager Bob Simpson.

The turbines are undergoing rigorous testing to ensure that everything is working properly.
Simpson says the project is on schedule and the first group of turbines should be producing power for the grid by mid­September.
All 110 turbines should be producing for the grid by the end of the year, he says.

Nice Play

Cassidy Murray-Culmer makes a nice play to stop Curtis Chapleau of Ripley Green Acres during the first half of the under-8 championship game Saturday afternoon. The Green Acres squad edged out Kincardine McDonalds 4-3 to claim the league title. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs defeat Junior B affiliate

The Kincardine Bulldogs started the season with a win, though the team got a little help from its opponent.
The 'Dogs beat the Owen Sound Greys, Kincardine's Junior B affiliate, but used Owen Sound goaltenders in the process.
Greys netminders Drew Peqrum and Jeff Flagler, who has signed with the Greys as an affiliate to the OHL's Owen Sound Attack, each took a turn in goal for Kincardine, who had no goaltenders dressed.

It looks like Andrew Smith - who didn't lose a regular season start last year - may not return to the club.
"I've been talking to maybe half­a­dozen goalies," said Bulldogs General Manager Doug Kennedy Monday morning. "Hopefully we'll find out more in the next week or so."

Kincardine controlled the play against the Junior B Greys, holding a 5­0 lead late in the second period before Owen Sound scored a pair of breakaway goals on Flagler to make it a game.

August 26, 2008

Alvin A. France, beloved husband of Ethel France (Anness) of Ripley passed away at Kincardine Hospital on Aug. 19, 2008, at the age of 87.
Born in Amabel Township on Sept. 30, 1920, to the late Ethel (Colwell) and George France.
Dear father of Jim (Debbie) France of Ripley. Loving grandfather of Kevin (Terri) France of Kincardine, Dean (Michelle) France of Kitchener and Corrine France, also of Kitchener. Great grandfather of Connor, Joshua and Braiden.
Predeceased by brothers Charlie, Harold, Jim, Mel and John France and sister Helen Schroeder.
Visitation was held at the MacKenzie and MCCreathe Funeral Home, Ripley, on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008.
The funeral was conducted from the chapel on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Diane Dier officiating.
Pallbearers were Ron France, Stewart France, Doug Schroeder, Kevin France, Dean France and Corrine France.

A hockey holiday

Most people wouldn't take a holiday in August and then go to Montreal and watch three hockey games.

Dana and I did.

The reason ‑ our daughter, Sarah, coaches Hockey Canada's Women's Under‑22 hockey team.
After a tryout camp at York University for 10 days or so, the team headed to Montreal last week for three games with the U.S.A.

The players are each country's best and they put on quite a show. They can shoot, skate and pass the puck as well as or better than any menÆs team. The games were a pleasure to watch.
Canada lost the opener 4‑3, but that was it. The ladies used their speed to dump the U.S. 7‑2 in game two and won the rubber match 4‑3 in over time.

Bulldogs begin building roster

Roster spots up from grabs

The Bulldogs are back on ice.
Kincardine’s Western Junior C team used a Sunday night skate not only to get a look at some prospects, but also to make several key signings.

General Manager Doug Kennedy said that while he wasn’t able to get all the players he was hoping to sign cards Sunday, the team is starting to take shape.

Returning to the team are Nathan Barfoot, Alex MacLeod, Josh Catto, Devin Kemp and Tim Dwinnell, who signed one of four overage cards available to the Bulldogs. A second overage spot is reserved by goaltender Andrew Smith, who hasn’t yet signed but is committed to return. Kennedy said the other two spots will be determined shortly, but didn’t want to release any information until he had talked to his players. A likely candidate for one of those spots is Blake Underwood, who was at Sunday’s skate.