April 2015

Climb to the top

Ryan Taylor, 6, had a blast climbing the rock wall at the first annual Kincardine Expo at the Davidson Centre on the weekend. A great crowd of people visited the community centre on both Saturday and Sunday to view more than 60 vendors and exhibits on the arena floor and in the hall. (Josh Howald photo)

Doctor departures will not trigger orphan clinic

New nurse practitioner joins FHT

By Barb McKay


Patients will not be left stranded as a result of the impending departure of two local doctors, according to officials with the Kincardine Community Medical Clinic.


Kincardine Family Health Team CEO Gerry Glover, who also manages the medical clinic, said the clinic has plans in place to accommodate approximately 2,200 patients who will be left without a family physician when Dr. Rejean Duwyn and Dr. Steven Poirier close their practices July 17. At least one of the physicians has cited family circumstances as the reason for leaving.


Province firms up commitment to natural gas expansion

By Barb McKay


The Ontario government has officially pledged to expand natural gas service to areas not already serviced, and that could be good news for Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss.


The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Industry made the announcement Friday that it would extend natural gas service and would provide funding in the form of a $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan and $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant. The funding is aimed at helping regions not currently serviced to attract investment, create jobs and provide more energy choices.


Hit and run

Police are looking for the driver of a dark-coloured four-door car that struck a teenager Sunday morning in downtown Kincardine.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Queen St. and Broadway St. at 10:33 a.m. Sunday. Officers arrived to learn that two young teens were crossing the street when a grey or dark brown four-door car turned right from Broadway onto Queen, and struck one of the teens, causing minor injuries.

Officers are looking to speak with the male driver of the vehicle to complete the crash investigation.

Police ask anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Lighthouse Blues Festival line-up announced

The 2015 Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival will run July 10-12 this year.


Headlining the main stage on the Friday night will be Southern Hospitality featuring Victor Wainwright, JP Soars and Damon Fowler. Supporting acts include Ghost Town Blues Band (Memphis), Dawn Tyler Watson & Ben Racine (Montreal), Jeff Jensen Band (Memphis) Crystal Shawanda (Nashville) and Josh Garrett (New Orleans).


On the Saturday night, the headline act is Shemekia Copeland (Chicago), Angel Forrest (Montreal), Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (Toronto), Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers (Cleveland), 24th Street Wailers (Toronto) and Grainne Duffy (Ireland).


Hydro rates to increase Friday

By Barb McKay


Just as electricity users got passed the sticker shock of high bills over the winter, rates are set to rise.


The Ontario Energy Board has announced that hydro rates will increase May 1. Rates were previously hiked Nov. 1, 2014, and will now increase from 7.7 cents per kilowatt to eight cents per kilowatt hour for off-peak usage (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, as well as all day on weekends and holidays). Rates will rise from 11.4 cents to 12.2 cents per kilowatt hour for mid-peak usage (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and from 14 cents to 16.1 cents per kilowatt hour for on-peak usage (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).


Schmidt aiming at LPGA card

By Josh Howald

Taylor Schmidt's time at Oklahoma University is up Sooner, rather than later.


The Kincardine golfer will receive her Masters Degree from OU on May 8, and is excited for the next step of her life - making a run at the pro tour.


Following a four-year full scholarship at the NCAA Division I school, Schmidt completed her Masters while acting as an assistant coach for the Sooners golf team. She learned something important.


Bantams season ends in OWHA quarters

A solid season ended in the OWHA quarter-finals for the Kincardine Lakeside Chevrolet bantam girls hockey team.

The bantam Kinucks were the only Lower Lakes Female Hockey League team from the West Division to advance to the provincial quarter-finals. Kincardine went 2-1-2 at the OWHA tourney. After a 2-0 win over Brockville, Kincardine played the LLFHL East Division champions from Stoney Creek to a 2-2 draw. The next game, against Wilmot, also ended in a draw, this one with a 1-1 final score. Kincardine then pounded Norfolk 4-0 to advance to the provincial quarter-finals against Napanee. The run came to an end for the bantam girls with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in the final minute of overtime.

Port Hope comes back on Essex

Game 6 last night in Essex

By Josh Howald

The Port Hope Panthers aren't going away quietly.

The Empire B Junior C League champions have climbed out of a 3-0 hole to force a Game 6 in the Schmalz Cup provincial Junior C League championship series.

Game 6 was last night (Tuesday) in Essex.

The Essex 73's, best of the Great Lakes Junior C League, won the first three games of the provincial finals. After shutting out the Panthers 2-0 in Port Hope to open the series, they scratched out 2-1 and 4-3 wins on home ice in Games 2 and 3.

Port Hope stayed alive with a 4-0 shutout win at home in Game 4, and followed that up with an exciting 5-4 win in Port Hope on Sunday afternoon.

Policy change

A copy of this letter was also sent to the Director of Patient Care, the board chair and the CEO of the SBGHC.

Several weeks ago my husband Norm, an insulin-dependent diabetic, developed nausea and chest pains just as he finished a small afternoon snack. A call to 911 resulted in a quick ambulance ride to the emergency unit of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) in Kincardine.

I snatched up his insulin pens, meds dosette and wheelchair and hurried to meet him there. As we waited for results of lab tests, the supper hour came and went. A nurse managed to produce a crumpled package of soda crackers in the hopes of tiding Norm over until he could go home. However the decision was made to keep him in the ER overnight for observation and the search for a meal began. Finally the nurse brought a sandwich, which our family doctor later informed me she had purchased from the machine with her own money.