November 2013

Santa visits the village

Briar Pollock is all smiles as she visits with Santa Sunday evening at RIpley's Christmas in the Park. Hundreds turned out to wish Santa well, as well as enjoy some hot chocolate and chili. (Josh Howald photo)


Coyotes attack dogs in Kincardine, many fear children could be next

By Barb McKay

 

It was just after 8 a.m. on Thursday when Guy Depatie spotted the lone coyote trotting down Princes Street in hot pursuit of a squirrel. Just half a block away, young children sat on a curb waiting for their school bus to arrive.

 

 

A coyote trots along Princes Street near the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home Thursday morning. (photo by Guy Depatie)

 

 


Cuts to province funding expected to create budget challenges

By Barb McKay

 

Municipalities are taking another hit to their annual funding allocation from the province, adding to next year’s already challenging budgets.

 

Kincardine learned last week that it will see a reduction of $218,600 from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund in 2014; 15 per cent less than it received in 2013. The municipality will receive $1,239,000 next year, compared to $1,457,600 in 2013 and $1,619,500 in 2012.

 

“It’s disappointing to see that we are down again,” deputy mayor Anne Eadie said during last Wednesday’s council meeting. “Even if we start (the budget process) at zero per cent, we’re still down.”


Finally, she can stop

Thursday was Sharon Vokey's final day on the job as school crossing guard on Russell Street. She spent the last 28 years helping youngsters safely cross Russell, and was overwhelmed with gifts, hugs and words of thanks from both children and parents, as well as the OPP, fellow town employees and the general public. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine council will make final call on Blue Flag Beach status

By Barb McKay

 

The final decision to keep Kincardine’s Blue Flag Beach designation or let it go will ultimately be up to the municipal council, according to staff.

 

The third and final public meeting to discuss Station Beach’s Blue Flag status was held at the Davidson Centre on Thursday evening. Roughly 20 surfers, swimmers, paddle boarders and kite boarders came out to discuss options for keeping the designation.

 


Kincardine on the hunt for new public works director

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine is once again looking for a new public works director.

 

The municipality’s CAO, Murray Clarke, confirmed Friday that Gagan Sandhu is no longer with the municipality, having left to pursue other career opportunities. In the interim, Clarke will take on the public works director responsibilities.

 

Sandhu was hired as public works director for Kincardine in May 2012, replacing Jim O’Rourke, who retired. Sandhu previously held a senior position in the Richmond Hill public works department.

 


Women drives into Visitor's Centre

A Saugeen Shores woman has been charged with mischief after driving into the Bruce Power Visitor's Centre. Literally.

 

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a single vehicle crash along Bruce County Road 20 in Bruce Township on Friday morning, just after 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered a blue Ford Escape had struck the Bruce Power Visitor's Centre.

 

The woman, 52, was charged with mischief and held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for later that day.

 


Girls night out

Paige Santha, centre, and Hailey Woods, right, have their nails painted by Rachel Hirtenfeld of First Impressions at Home Hardware's Ladies Night on THursday. WOmen packed the place to shop and enjoy special treats and giveaways. (Barb McKay photo)


Township to lend $25,000 to Ripley Reunion committee

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

 By Barb McKay

 

The Ripley Reunion committee is getting a hand up from the township, which authorized a $25,000 loan for the 2015 event during its meeting last Monday.

 

The committee plans to use the money to promote the event, to purchase equipment and to put down payments on entertainment. Huron-Kinloss has a history of assisting with the reunions and provided a loan of $20,000 in 2005.

 

The committee has already begun its fundraising efforts for the 2015 reunion. A Pop-Up Shop was held on Nov. 16, where volunteers sold t-shirts, hoodies, hats and other apparel. As well, the committee has applied for grants, including an Ontario Trillium grant.


Lucknow snow contract on hold after council visited by lawyer

By Barb McKay

 

Huron-Kinloss council received a last minute delegation to its meeting last Monday night in the form of a lawyer for snow removal contract applicant.

 

Bernie Romano, representing Les Bushell of E.L.K. Construction, attended the meeting to try and convince council to honour its original plan to hire Bushell’s company to remove snow in Lucknow over the winter. E.L.K. Construction has previously removed snow in Lucknow for the township.