September 2013

Cross of honour

The Kincardine branch of the Royal Canadian Legion replaced white crosses honouring fallen comrades Saturday at the Kincardine Cemetery. In total, 400 crosses will be replaced by Legion members. From left, Legion President Maureen Couture, Korean war vet Red Larsen and Branch #183 Executive Committee member Bob Forrest. A cross was also placed at the grave of Jack Pym, who passed away in August. Pym was a member of the committee who started the cross replacement project. (Barb McKay photo)

Contact with public common where there is potential for conflict, says OPP

 By Barb McKay

Police are staying mum on whether they were asked to speak with presenters at the Joint Review Panel hearings for OPG’s deep geologic repository project, or if the OPP took it upon themselves.

South Bruce OPP Const. Kevin Martin confirmed Monday that the OPP’s provincial liaison team had reached out to everyone who is presenting at the public hearings no matter what side of the issue they are on. He said the police team is a neutral body formed in 2009 with a goal of maintaining the peace.

“If we think there is something contentious we will be involved,” he said. “We don’t care what your position is. We welcome your opinion and respect your right to your opinion. We just want you to express it peacefully.”

Public support, consultation called into question at JRP hearings

 By Barb McKay

Questions at last week’s Joint Review Panel hearings for OPG’s proposed deep geologic repository focused heavily on public consultation and how much support exists for project.

Ripley-Huron Fall Fair marks 150 years

By Barb McKay


This year’s Ripley-Huron Fall Fair will be one for the history books.


The Ripley Agricultural Society is gearing up for its 150th fall fair this weekend and committees have been working hard over the past year to make it a memorable one.


“The volunteers keep coming back to us and regenerating themselves,” said agricultural society president Jim Farrell. “We are really grateful that people have come out to help us.”


Daylight break-in on Russell

Items estimated to be worth more than $500 were stolen in a daylight break-in last Wednesday morning in Kincardine.

Sometime between 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 18 and 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 18, a residence in the 400 block of Russell Street was entered through a back door to the garage. The list of stolen property includes rolled coins, cash and ladies rings. The value of the items is estimated to be more than $500, said police, who responded to the report of a break-in just before noon on Wednesday.

If you have any information that could assist police, call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-8000-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to, and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Plans for fundraiser coming along

Community eager to show support for Kennedy

By Josh Howald

Dances, hockey teams, bus trips, committees, tournaments, you name it – Doug Kennedy has probably organized it for the community.

Now, the community is organizing a fundraiser for him. Plans for that Oct. 12 fundraiser have progressed quickly enough that even Kennedy would be proud. What were ideas last week are now confirmed plans, for what will be known as “Hockey Day in Kincardine.”

Kennedy, a former Citizen of the Year and a well-known, popular face in town, is currently undergoing cancer treatment in London. A group of his friends – hockey people, local businessmen and other individuals – have planned the Oct. 12 fundraiser in his honour.

Meurs still with NHL Avs

Survives another round of cuts

By Josh Howald

Garrett Meurs has another two National Hockey League games under his belt, and remains in training camp with the Colorado Avalanche.

The first round of cuts left the Avs with 48 players in camp. The Ripley native was not among those cuts, and was in the line-up last Wednesday night in a preseason exhibition game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Wearing #36, he played 5:48 in a 2-1 loss to the Ducks. Devante Smith-Pelley, a former Mississauga St. Michael’s Major, scored the game winner with less than six minutes to play in that one.

No panic in the pound

Winless ‘Dogs pick up points in heart breakers

By Josh Howald

This is your captain speaking: don’t panic.

Kincardine's Brett Catto looks to have Ben Nelson beat during the shootout, but Nelson made the save, and three others in the shootout to lead the Mitchell Hawks to a win in Kincardine. (Richard Lawson photo)


Brett Catto reminds the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs fan base that while his team is still looking for the first win of the 2013-14 Western Junior C hockey season, it’s not time to hit the panic button quite yet.

Braking on Wheeler

Kincardine's Ryan Wheeler makes a stop in his AAA debut last week with the Grey-Bruce atom Highlanders. For a full round-up of all local skaters playing AAA with Grey-Bruce or Huron-Perth, don't miss this week's In the Slot... (Richard Lawson photo)

McFadden gets point in OHL debut

By Josh Howald

It didn’t take long for Garrett McFadden to register his first Ontario Hockey League point.

Nineteen minutes and 23 seconds, to be exact.

McFadden had the second assist on Jason Dickinson’s tally late in the first period of the Guelph Storm home opener Friday night at the Sleeman Centre. The goal made it a 2-2 game just before the first intermission. The Erie Otters took a 3-2 lead late in the second period, but the Storm drew even midway through the third period with a power play goal from Tyler Bertuzzi. Then, at 13 seconds of the extra frame, Dickinson, fresh out of training camp with the Dallas Stars, set up Zac Leslie for the overtime winner to send the crowd home happy.