June 2015

Prepping?

Roughly 10 student volunteers from KDSS got a closer look at the operating room Friday to learn about surgical procedures, equipment and discharge procedures. Here, Grade 10 student Danica Wall is the patient for nurse Christie Graham as she explains how a colonoscopy is performed. (Barb McKay photo)


Legal fees from Bruce Telecom, pipeline debt create municipal deficit

By Barb McKay

 

Professional fees associated with the failed sale of Bruce Telecom and Freedom of Information requests that followed put the Municipality of Kincardine in a deficit position last year.

 

Matthew Betik of KPMG LLP attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to present the municipality’s audited consolidated financial statements for 2014. Last year, the municipality recorded a deficit of $638,901, mainly due to $884,835 that was spent on legal services to deal with Freedom of Information requests and issues related to the Competition Bureau intervention on the sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink. It is an about-face from 2013, when the municipality recorded a surplus of $363,484.

 


Municipality seeks funding for Kincardine lighthouse

By Barb McKay

 

The municipality is hoping that the historical significance of Kincardine’s lighthouse will lead to a sizeable grant from the federal government.

 

Council took its time deciding which of its eligible projects to select for a funding application under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, when it discussed the grant during its meeting last Wednesday. The federal government announced on May 15 that it would make funding available, including $44.4 million to communities in southern Ontario, but applications had to be submitted by June 9.

 


For Peter!

From left, Jori Picard, Katelyn Chilton and Rachel Thurman, all Grade 5 students at Elgin Market Public School, sell baked goods at a party/fundraiser for Peter Sinclair last week. Peter joined the party via Snapchat on the big screen in the gym to thank the students, who also had a dance and played assorted games. (Josh Howald photo)


Copper theft in Ripley

Police are investigating an overnight theft of copper in Ripley last week.

On June 2, police received a theft report from Current Electric, located along Queen St. in the village. Sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. on June 2, a quantity of residential copper wiring was taken from the business. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be worth more than $250.


By the numbers

Cameron Kuntz was first to cross the finish line in the 400m race at the St. Anthony's School track and field meet last week at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. This weekend, the Legion District C track and field championships will take place at the track in town. (Josh Howald photo)


More than $8,500 raised at BBBS golf tourney

More than $8,500 was raised at the third annual "Golf for Kids Sake" touring golf tournament for Kincardine and District Big Brothers and Big Sisters, formerly known as the Dennis Riggin Memorial Golf Tournament.

A total of 95 golfers took part in Wednesday's event. Three different buses hit the countryside for six holes of golf before returning to play the final half-dozen holes at Ainsdale Golf Course. Also taking part in this year's tournament were Somerhill Golf Course, Wingham Golf Club, Sunset Golf Course in Goderich, Piper's Glen Golf Club in Port Elgin, Blackhorse Golf and Country Club and Saugeen Golf Club in Port Elgin.


Best all-around athlete

Dear Editor,

Ok, Kincardine sports fans - here is a trivia question for you.

Who in the last half-century was the best all-around athlete in Kincardine? I have you thinking, don't I?

I have to declare, right off the bat (pun intended) that my pick was my head rink rat when I ran the old Lambton Street arena in the 60's and 70's, and later on was also my line mate on the Bulldogs Intermediate Hockey Club. Old-timers will know I am talking about Jimmy Bell, who had phenomenal hand-eye co-ordination, just like Wayne Gretzky did. Jimmy was an exceptional athlete who excelled in hockey, baseball, golf, badminton and roller hockey. There were probably other sports he excelled at too, but my memory isn't as good as it used to be.


Have you ever seen a bear in town?

Yes
21% (9 votes)
No
79% (34 votes)
Total votes: 43

Decoration Day

Piper Glenn Walpole plays his bagpipes at the annual Decoration Day ceremony at the Port Bruce Cemetery on Sunday. About 30 people took part in the event, which included laying wreaths on the graves of loved ones and reading the names of those who had died in the past year. (Barb McKay photo)