April 2009

April 29, 2009



Tara Andrea Chatham, of Ripley, died suddenly on Sunday, April 19, 2009, in her 38th year.

She was the beloved daughter of John and Pat Chatham, and the dear sister of Brent (Joanna) Chatham and aunt of Jacob, all of Ripley.

She is survived by her grandmothers Gwen Einarson and Helen Chatham; as well as by several aunts and uncles: Ginny (Bob) Brown, Ken (Laura) Einarson, Charlene Purchase, Elisabeth Vezina (Gary King), Louise Safford (Larry Reeves), William Chatham and Andrew Chatham.

Hockey Time no more

Walker House exhibit comes to a close with road hockey tourney

It is no longer hockey time at the Walker House.

Today marks the end of the two-month long exhibit that featured everything hockey.

“We were very pleased with the way it went,” said Sally Boileau Monday morning. “People were really impressed with the displays; we had a very good selection.”

The exhibit’s last event was the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association Ball Hockey Challenge on the weekend. Teams of all ages gathered at the old arena pad on Lambton Street. Boileau said that there were 135 youths involved in the tournament.

Carving up a storm

Chainsaw artist Bobbi Switzer of the Wiarton area works on a tree on the east side of Princes Street, just north of Knox Presbyterian Church on Friday morning. The municipality hired Switzer to carve the tree, which is on municipal property, into a likeness of the Kincardine Lighthouse. (Eric Howald photo)

From cowards to coffee

I was surprised to get an e-mail last week from the Seaforth Medical Clinic. It is holding clinics during May and June for patients currently without a family doctor.

I wondered: How come Seaforth has doctors without enough to do while ours are swamped?

 A phone call set me straight. The Family Health Team there has locums on a temporary basis; Seaforth would also like to convince some of them to stay.

Anyway, if you are an orphan patient and need to see a doctor, you can set up an appointment by phoning 519-527-1770.


Congratulations to everyone who helped clean-up the community last week as part of Earth Week.

Most people in this country seem to be far ahead of our politicians when it comes to cleaning up the environment.

Banquet ends KMHA season

The Kincardine Minor Hockey Association held its annual year end banquet last week at the Davidson Centre. These youngsters picked up hardware in the novice local league division. Back row is the LL #1 team award winners, from left: Justin Moulton, MVP; Brody Hewitt, most dedicated; Payton McCormack, most sportsmanlike. In front, from the LL #2 team, from left: Liam Calhoun, most heart; Draeden Parcey, most improved; Everett Luinstra, MVP. (Katy Stewart photo)

Home and Garden Show a hit

Marie Wilson, right, of Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) answers a query from Vas Farkavec of Ayton on the deep geological repository for OPG's low and intermediate level waste. The NWMO had one of the many booths ar the Kincardine Home and Garden Show, held Saturday and Sunday at the Davidson Centre. (Eric Howald photo)

Senior Games kick off this week

The 22nd annual Kincardine and District Senior Games are slated to kick off this week. The events are being held throughout the next month in various locations in Kincardine and Point Clark.

Some of the events that kick off this week include badminton, bid euchre, carpet bowling, cribbage, crokoinole, shooter and table tennis.

Other events that will get started in coming weeks are contract bridge, duplicate bridge, euchre, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, snooker, prediction walking and 5-pin bowling.

The closing ceremonies, sponsored by Bruce Telecom and the Ontario Power Generation, are May 20 at the Kincardine Hall. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased before May 15.

Huron-Kinloss sets 2009 budget

Municipal tax rate increases 3.5 per cent

Only one-third of Huron-Kinloss’ 2009 budget is going to capital projects, according to a report from the township’s treasurer.

Council officially passed its budget Apr. 20. It includes a levy of $3,791,660.82. To raise this money, the municipal tax rate will increase 3.55 per cent.

This year is an assessment year, meaning the average home in the township is now valued higher than it was last year. Due to this, the municipal tax increase appears higher. The median assessment increased from $191,000 to $205,073.

Using this assessment, property owners living in the median-assessed homes will see a $92.64 increase in their municipal tax bill.

Mum is the word from Tiverton reunion organizers

The same Kincardine councillor who nearly derailed the medical clinic project with an ill-advised comment has issued a warning to her colleagues to watch what they say.

Councillor Marsha Leggett told council she wanted all councillors to stop the practice of speaking for the rest of council when publicly discussing the Tiverton Reunion’s beer controversy.

“I want councillors to speak on their own behalf,” she said. “No more public hearsay from anyone.”

Leggett didn’t accuse any councillor specifically of doing anything inappropriate, preferring to issue a general warning.

“Until we decide what we’re going to do, don’t think that anyone (on council) knows more than we (the members of the reunion committee) do,” Leggett said.

Arts Centre target for government money

The next paintings featured at the Victoria Park Gallery should be smiling portraits of Stephen Harper and Dalton McGuinty if a pair of grant applications to fix up the Arts Centre are successful.

A $700,000 restoration of the century-old Queen Street arts building was selected by Kincardine council as the municipality’s best shot at a Build Canada grant.

Restoration work will include improvements to the insulation and air seals, painting of the roof façade and replacement of the windows to an arched, historic look. The public washrooms will also be renovated and small interior repairs will be considered under the project.