December 2010

Silver Slapper

Payton Dunlop lets a slap shot go from the point during last night's semi-final game between the Kincardine Tim-BR Mart bantams and Tavistock. The Kinucks couldn't find the back of the net, and Tavi took a 3-0 win to advance to this afternoon's bantam B final at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick. (Josh Howald photo)

Silver Stick finals set

Kincardine novices, bantams ousted in semi-finals

For the first time in at least four years, Kincardine will not have a chance to win the Regional Silver Stick on home ice.

The finals are set for the 24th annual Kincardine Regional Stick, and all championship games will be played today (Thursday) at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The novice B finals will feature Ayr and South Huron, while the novice C final was played this morning between Hagersville and Six Nations.

In peewee B action, South Huron will face Erin Hillsburgh at 1:30 p.m., while Mildmay and Drayton will face off for the peewee C championship at 3 p.m.

In bantam action, Seaforth will face Blyth for the C championship at 3 p.m., while the bantam B championship game will be played at 4:45 between Tavistock and Twin Centres.

Mexican exchange student faces a Canadian winter

By Laura Bennett


It’s a surprise that Alejandro Martinez, a Mexican exchange student living in Kincardine, didn’t just pack it in and leave after the last week’s terrible weather.



Alejandro Martinez enjoys his snow day by Tobogganing in his backyard Dec. 14. (Laura Bennett photo)


West Ridge development design fine-tuned

By Barb McKay


A proposed housing development project could be presented to Kincardine council as early as February.


Parataxis, a design and development company based in Toronto, has been working on a design of a subdivision on the former Hartwick Farm property - a 77-acre plot of property between Hartwick Lane and Wickham Cove Lane, west of Bruce County Road 23.


Silver Stick begins Monday

By Laura Bennett

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Kincardine without the annual Silver Stick tournament.

This year, the 24th Regional Silver Stick begins on Monday and will run to Dec. 30.

“There are no admission fees for the public to come watch the games,” says Lyle Brock, Kincardine Minor Hockey’s tournament director.

This year there will be 48 teams competing in three local arenas. In light of the recent extreme winter conditions, the weather is a major concern.

“I’m hoping for good weather and that everyone can get here safely,” says Brock.

The opening ceremonies will be held at the Kincardine arena on Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. when the Kincardine bantams face off against Goderich.

Catto named to All-Star team, to play Russians

By Josh Howald

The Russians are coming.

And Brett Catto will face off against them in Stratford Jan. 3.

The Kincardine native was named to the Mid-Western Conference Junior B All-Star team last week, which will face off against the Red Stars, a Russian team touring Ontario.

“I actually just found out (last) Monday night,” said Catto Thursday morning. “Before that, I didn’t even know there was an all-star game this year.”

Catto was one of four Listowel Cyclones named to the team. Defencemen Mac Nichol and Joel Bowman will join Catto, as will Listowel’s leading scorer, Bobby Cook.

Wolves knock off Trains

At home to Lucknow Wednesday

The Ripley Wolves kept pace in the standings with a big 7-4 win at home Friday night against Palmerston.

Travis Van Gaver and Jeremy McQuillin each had a five-point night in the win, which keeps the Wolves sixth overall in the WOAA Senior AA North Division standings with a 7-6-0-5 record. The Wolves are one point back of Durham and Lucknow and one point ahead of the Shallow Lake Crushers heading into a Wednesday night home game tonight against the Lancers.

Friday night, the Wolves scored four power play goals and sealed the win with a shorthanded empty net tally with three seconds left on the clock.

The value of time

A year ago, Dana and I were winging it to Regina to visit our daughter Sarah and her family for Christmas.


And it was rather Christmas-like in the west – what with an average daytime temperature of -25 degrees.

However, it was sunny – something you can’t say for the snow-laden Bruce County shoreline.


This year, Christopher, Sarah and Annie are spending the holiday in Kincardine – and I’m sure it will be Christmas-like here.


Dec 22, 2010


Florence Eileen Neill (née Campbell), of Inverhuron, passed away peacefully at Parkview Manor, Chesley, on Saturday, Dec.18, 2010, in her 89th year. 


Beloved wife of the late Jim Neill. 


Dear mother of Mary Neill (Hank Nowak), of Inverhuron; and Jim (Michelle) Neill, of Oshawa.  Sadly missed by her grandchildren: Adrian Pivetta, Luke Neill, Melissa Neill (Dave Meyers) and Jack Neill; and by her great-granddaughter Mia Meyers. 


Christmas memories



While this has been a wonderful year for some families, it has been a difficult year for others such as my own.



On March 25, I lost my grandmother, Ellen Rowe, and one week later (April 1) I lost my grandfather, Harold Slessor.


We go through the motions of grieving, but holidays can be particularly difficult, sparking memories shared with the loved ones we’ve lost and who are not here in person to share and create new memories.