December 2011

Winning smiles

Defenceman Garret Simmons signs autographs for Jorja Scott, middle, and Heidi Allen Sunday following Kincardine's game with the Hanover Barons. The Carruthers Nicol Insurance Junior C Bulldogs hold the free skate for children annually. (Josh Howald photo)

The micromanagers


I sometimes wonder if there is someone at Queen’s Park designated to throw a wrench into every good idea.


Take Green Energy.


Thousands of households in the province believe we should be taking better care of the environment. (I once looked into putting a small wind mill in my back reduce our hydro bill.)


But instead of getting those thousands involved, the province decided to hold hands with big business. What’s worse, The Green Energy Act came into being without a business plan, according to the auditor general’s report released last week.


December 14, 2011


Charlotte Frieda Herde (née Janke), of Ripley, passed away peacefully on Dec. 5, 2011 at the Kincardine Hospital at the age of 90 years.

Charlotte was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1969.

She was the beloved wife of Helmut Herde.

Dear mother of Dagmar (Manfred) Baasner, and Monika Scheiding. Step-mother of Petra Van der Zander (Herde).

Loved grandmother of Thomas Baasner, Frank Baasner and his wife Paula, Christina Hoffzimmer (Baasner); and great grandmother of Katarina Baasner.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Gerhard Raschke; son Joachim Raschke; her parents, Hermann and Margarete Janke; brother Kurt Janke; and sister Käte Neumann.

Charlotte will be greatly missed by her family, dear friends and neighbours.

Cremation has taken place.



Windy meeting

I was at the recent Kincardine Council meeting to hear the Samsung presentation on the Armow Wind Project by Jody Law.

There were many points I disagreed with, but his comments on how wind energy is a good fit with nuclear showed a complete lack of understanding of Ontario's electric generation system. Nuclear is base load. It runs continuously at approximately 50 per cent of Ontario's power demand and cannot vary moment to moment or even hour to hour.

Will you do your Christmas shopping locally?

45% (27 votes)
55% (33 votes)
Total votes: 60

Knights bury Mustangs

KDSS girls stomp St. Mary's today

Cassidy Colhoun gets a backhand off while being pulled down this afternoon in BAA girls hockey action. Colhoun was stopped here, but scored twice in a 7-1 KDSS win. For photos and full details, see next week's print edition. (Josh Howald photo)

Knights win, naturally

Dickson trick leads KDSS to 6-2 win

A natural hat trick by Mitch Dickson helped the Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team to a 6-2 win yesterday on the road.

Mitch Dickson

Dickson turned a 2-0 lead into a 5-0 lead in a nine-minute span to help a understaffed KDSS team to a 6-2 win over the Walkerton District Secondary School Raiders Wednesday afternoon. The Knights are now 3-0-1 in Bluewater Athletic Association regular season play.

Payton Dunlop, Jory Norman and Brody Hayes each had multi-point games. Norman and Hayes had two assists to go along with a goal, while Dunlop opened the scoring and helped set up Dickson's first. Kenny Harris, Mike Osadca, Brad Mangotich and Colten Hendrie added assists, while Easton Battler picked up his third win of the year in net.

Catto named to All-Star team

Kincardine's Brett Catto was named to the Midwestern Junior B All-Star team this morning.

Brett Catto in last year's Cherrey Cup finals. (File photo)

The power forward will represent the Midwestern Conference at two Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League games. The All-Stars will play the Golden Horseshoe Conference All-Stars in Elmira on Jan. 9. The teams will then play a rematch in Stoney Creeek Jan. 23. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.

Catto missed the early part of the season with concussion like symptoms, but has rposted nine goals and 11 assists in 14 games since returning to action. He was also a member of last year's GOJHL All-Star team that was swept by a touring Russian team in a pair of one-sided contests.

Can't rain on a parade!

Well, it may have rained a little bit on Saturday night's Christmas Parade in Kincardine, but that didn't keep the smiles off the faces of these Sparks. From left, Xenia Hilton, Rebecca Bushell and Katie Bates were riding atop the Kincardine Girl Guides, Brownies and Sparks float in the parade. (Josh Howald photo)

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Knights come collecting this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Knights will come knocking on Saturday.

The Christmas Knights annual food and toy drive program will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

“It’s a really good cause, and a great way to capture that Christmas spirit,” said high school student Amy Nagus, one of three students who helped organize this year’s drive for Kincardine Community Services.

This will be the 14th year for the campaign, and little has changed. Volunteer drivers and KDSS students travel door-to-door in groups to collect food and toy donations from the public. The donations are used to produce Christmas Hampers for those in need.