April 2014

Oh Deere....

Home and Garden Show draws a crowd

Benjamin Smith, 16 months, checks out one of the tractors being displayed by Huron Tractor at the Kincardine Home and Garden Show over the weekend. Organized by the Kincardine Skating Club, the event ran both Saturday and Sunday. (Josh Howald photo)

No Frills replacing Zehrs in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


Kincardine Zehrs will become a No Frills store.



Zehrs current Kincardine location on Broadway Street,next to TD Bank. (Barb McKay photo)



Premier event

Wynne says concerns over energy rates are being heard

Premier Kathleen Wynne, right, with Colleen Schenk last Wednesday.Schenk is the Liberaly candidate for Huron-Bruce in Goderich.  Don't miss Barb McKay's interview with Wynne in this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent, in which the Premier speaks on a number of issues, including soaring energy rates. (Barb McKay photo)

No plans to rebuild Kincardine hospital, says Ministry

SBGHC to move forward with alternate plan

By Barb McKay


The province has no plans to rebuild the Kincardine hospital.


That is the word from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. A spokesperson for Health Minister Deb Matthews confirmed Friday that while the project proposal is still with the Ministry’s capital planning branch, no funding has been allocated to it.


Splash pad work to begin this fall

By Barb McKay


Construction on Kincardine’s splash pad will begin this fall.





Kincardine Lion John McManus announced last Tuesday that the club is nearing its fundraising goal and is ready to get to work on making the project a reality. So far, $400,000 has been raised, including $150,000 from the municipality, corporate sponsorships and revenues from fundraising events.


Ripley Reunion kick-off dance, May 10

A dance is a great way for Ripley natives, current residents and friends from surrounding towns to start the summer with a bang. As we say, all roads lead home! But aside from great friends and great music, you can also pick up Reunion 2015 merchandise at the event, such as shirts, coolie cups, bottle openers and the popular Reunion hoodie.


Contrary to local rumour, there still are tickets left, but we don’t recommend waiting too long to get one. Tickets are $20 each and are available at Ripley Variety, Stockyards Western Apparel and Pollock Electric, in Ripley; at Miller Insurance in Kincardine; and at Everlastings in Lucknow.


Huron-Kinloss signs agreement to move natural gas project forward

By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss has signed a memorandum of agreement to join forces with the Municipalities of Kincardine and Arran-Elderslie to bring natural gas to the region.


Following a closed session last Monday evening, township council approved the agreement to create a municipal gas services company. Mayor Mitch Twolan said Huron-Kinloss is the first of the three municipalities to sign the agreement simply because it was the first to meet with lawyers working on the project. He is hopeful Kincardine and Arran-Elderslie will follow suit.


Back to the future

Community singers prep for "Sh-Boom"

The Kincardine Community Singers are busy preparing for "Sh-Boom, a tribute to the 50's". Though the production won't open until June 7, several of the singers were in costume Saturday afternoon at rehearsal in the basement of Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine. Back row, left, Esther Marshall, Carolyn Mills, Henry Middlekamp, Marylou McKee, Melanie Milne, Karen Yun, Doreen Soloduka, John Rutledge, Linda Johnson and Daphne Williams. Front row, left, Linda Cracknell, Brad Mickelson, Karen Ritchie, Fort Papalia, Janice Griffith and Sandy Treverton. (Josh Howald photo)

No watercraft zone to be established at Station Beach

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will establish a no watercraft zone at Station Beach to allow the municipality to maintain the beach’s Blue Flag status.


Break in at the Marina

Police were notified about a break-and-enter at the Kincardine Harbour Marina at 7:17 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

Sometime between 5 p.m. on April 17 and 7  p.m. to following day, the Marina office was forcibly entered through a window. The list of stolen property includes an Eliminator power box, a pair of channel locks and a quantity of cash. There is no estimate on the value of the stolen items at this time.

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating the incident, and requests anyone with information that could help call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous, 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you could be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

In other police news, an OPP officer discovered a 15-year-old behind the wheel when he stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.