January 2014

Wingham dumps 'Dogs 6-4

Big game for Bulldogs tonight in Mitchell

By Josh Howald

It was a big two points for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Lucas Johnson tries to explain his side of things to Western League scoring champion Aaron Armstrong, left, and the two linesmen last night at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

And while the points were of no use to first-place Ironmen, Wingham wanted to cap off the 2013-14 Western Junior C campaign with a victory. Wingham did just that, flexing a bit of first place muscle in a 6-4 win over Kincardine last night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.


Jim Peddie, right, addresses the haggis at the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band's Robbie Burns supper Saturday at the Kincardine Legion. There was a solid turnout for the event, despite lousy weather. Robbie Burns pub night was posponed to this Saturday. Sandy Proos, left, and Nik Reid piped in the supper. (Barb McKay photo)

Municipality sells Bruce Telecom to Eastlink

By Barb McKay


After 102 years as a municipally-owned utility, Bruce Telecom has been sold.


Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer announced during last Wednesday’s council meeting that Eastlink, owned by Bragg Communications Ltd., has purchased the company for approximately $26.5 million. The agreement was approved by council, with only councillor Randy Roppel voting against the sale. Councillor Mike Leggett was absent from the meeting. The signed agreement for the sale of Bruce Telecom is expected to be finalized within 90 days, pending approval from Industry Canada.


Wild weather continues

Adam McKinlay clears snow from the front of Magnum Fitness Saturday. Snow squalls and high winds persisted, resulting in the closure of Highways 21, 9 and Bruce Road 20 and 23 at various times last week. Several events, including the Grand Prix de Kincardine snowmobile races and teh Robbie Burns pub night at the Walker House, were postponed until this weekend. Schools were closed in Kincardine, Ripley and Lucknow Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. As of Wednesday, both Highway 9 and 21 remained closed. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine backs plan to form coalition, create noise nuisance bylaw

Municipality seeking legal advice on how to move forward

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will support forming a coalition with other municipalities to develop a noise nuisance bylaw and plans to contribute $30,000 over two years to help make it happen.


It was the third time in as many weeks that council debated the idea of joining forces with other municipalities to come up with a bylaw that regulate industrial noise, including that from wind turbines, in rural areas. Last Wednesday council finally reached a concensus and approved two motions to support the plan, first presented by Warren Howard on behalf of Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeshore Turbines (HALT) on Jan. 8. That group indicated it will cost an estimated $300,000 to develop the bylaw and defend it in court.

Tax increase recommended to manage roads, bridges over long-term

Huron-Kinloss news

By Barb McKay


The township will likely need to raise taxes and service rates annually to help cover the cost of replacing its assets over the long-term.


Huron-Kinloss received its asset management plan, completed and analyzed by Public Sector Digest. The report indicates that the township’s total assets, including buildings, roads, bridges and water and sewer systems have a replacement value of $190 million.


The township received a ‘C’ grade point average for its asset management plan, based on the current condition of its assets and its ability to finance them, and it carries an annual infrastructure deficit of $870,000.

700 litres of diesel stolen

Police are investigating the theft of diesel fuel from a farm in the 900 block of Bruce County Road 4, Brant Twp.

A fuel tank was damaged, and about 700 litres of diesel fuel was stolen from a farm property in the 900 block of County Road 4. The theft occurred sometime between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26. The fuel is estimated to be worth more than $850.

Anybody with information that could assist police is asked to call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Friendly competition

Carson Fletcher, left, 9, Cole McCormick, 8, and Holden Stevenson, 10, take advantage of cold weather and no classes to play some hockey at the Harbour Community Church last week. The rink has been a popular spot this winter, particularly with several snow days that have closed schools and cancelled buses. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine to monitor drainage issue in Huron Ridge

By Barb McKay


Huron Ridge residents won’t have to worry about being forced to disconnect their footing drains, at least for a couple of years.


Council agreed during its meeting last Wednesday evening to put off mandatory disconnection of footing drains in the subdivision until it thoroughly investigates the issue of storm water drainage inflows to the sanitary sewage collection system. The municipality will spend roughly $5,000 for groundwater monitoring wells to study drainage in the subdivision over the next 24 to 36 months.


Ironmen finish first in Western League

Tonight's game in Kincardine postponed to tomorrow

By Josh Howald

For the first time since 2008, the Walkerton Hawks will not finish first overall in the Western Junior C League regular season standings.

That honour will go to the Wingham Ironmen, who clinched first place with a 4-3 win over the Hanover Barons on Sunday evening. The win moved the Ironmen to 25-6-3 on the season with two games left. The Walkerton Hawks are 22-6-5 for 49 points, and cannot catch up to the Ironmen. Both teams will get first round byes in the playoffs,  however.