December 2015

KDSS boys prepare for European tour

By Josh Howald

A trip to the OFSAA provincial tournament would be nice. But so too would a tour of Europe.

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team has plans for an exhibition hockey tour this April. Beginning on April 9, the Knights will play at least four exhibition games on a week-long trip through the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.

Staff coach Peter Wolfe said last week that the team is extremely excited to represent their school, municipality and country through our nation’s pastime. Each of the four contests will include the opportunity to meet the opposing players and coaches to discuss not only hockey, but also cultural differences and similarities.

Long on finish

Ethan Long of the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks buried this scoring chance from his knees last Tuesday night against Goderich at the Davidson Centre. Grant Stevens and Raven Sharpe also scored for the Kinucks in a 4-3 loss. The midgets bounced back with a 3-0 win two nights later against BCH. (Josh Howald photo)

Curlers lose on home ice

Both local rinks were dumped on home ice last week in Brokerlink Grey-Bruce Major Curling league action.

The Kincardine Curling Club hosted a pair of games last Wednesday night for Week 6 action in the area's premier curling league.

Les Shane's BDO Canada rink held an early lead on Don Bartley's Absalute Automotive rink, but Bartley came from behind to edge out Shane by a 6-5 score.

Meanwhile, Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink was defeated by Tom Slumskie's DeDell Seeds rink.

Three other games were played at the Port Elgin Curling Club. That included a win by Auswill Farms skip AJ Schumaker, who maintained his share of first place overall with an 8-5 win over Mike Hamer's Port Elgin rink.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Fern MacDonald of RVilla in Ripley and formerly of Lucknow died on Dec. 17, 2015, at the Owen Sound Hospital, at the age of 96.

She was the beloved wife of the late Leonard "Punch" MacDonald, who died in 1998.

Fern was born in Alma Township on July 22, 1919, to the late Clara McLaughlin and James Carnochan.

She was the dear mother of Jim and Karen of London, and Ron and Bonnie of Kincardine.

Missed by her grandchildren: Johanna, Cameron (Carrie), Andrew, Scott, Lisa Sallbank (Chris Huys), Aaron (Candis) and Joshua (Lindsay), and by her great-grandchildren: Amelia, Breanna, Evan, and Hailey.

Survived by her nieces Sharon Bean and Brenda Walker and by her many MacDonald nieces, nephews and family.

Predeceased by her sisters Greta Reid and Doris Van Camp.

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Good Knights!

The Kincardine District Secondary School Christmas Knights spent a rainy Saturday morning collecting toys and non-perishable food items for the Kincardine Community Services Association Christmas Hamper Program. Students and volunteers were kept busy sorting thousands of donations at St. Anthony's Church. From left are KDSS students Madison McBride, Bethany Wilken and Sophia Tomaini. (Barb McKay photo)

Team effort to improve local health care

New doctors, equipment, services announced

By Josh Howald

They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be so, and by the looks of things, it takes more than a village to effectively run a hospital.

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre, the Kincardine Physicians Group, the Family Health Team, the Kincardine Community Health Care Foundation and the Municipality of Kincardine held a press conference Thursday morning at the Kincardine Medical Clinic to share several successful collaborative efforts to secure and expand health services in Kincardine.

Strong support for refugee committee

The Kincardine Refugee Committee is off and running.


Fundraising has started and committees are in place.


The quick start was fuelled by a public meeting held Monday evening, Dec. 7 at Knox Presbyterian Church.


More than 150 people attended to learn about the committee’s progress to date, offer help and ask questions.


The response was positive with people offering help, joining subcommittees, and giving and pledging money.


Break-ins continue in Kincardine’s core

By Barb McKay

There is growing concern amongst Kincardine business owners following another rash of break-ins and thefts in the downtown core.

The aftermath of a break-in last Tuesday morning at Sugar Shack. (Barb McKay photo)

Sometime overnight on Dec. 8, a thief or thieves broke into Harbour Rose Boutique, Sunset Grill and the Sugar Shack tattoo shop. Scott Duncan, owner of Sugar Shack said he has been careful about keeping cash on the premise since someone tried to break into his business two years ago. This time, the front door was smashed and thieves made away with two iPods. A small quantity of cash was taken from Sunrise Grill but whoever broke in to the restaurant also damaged the freezer. It is still unknown if anything was taken from Harbour Rose.

Possible 10 per cent residential tax rate increase for 2016

Municipality of Kincardine budget deliberations begin

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will be choosing from a wish list of priority projects to include in the 2016 municipal budget.


Council held its first budget meeting last Monday and council members reviewed their individual priorities for the coming year. The majority of councillors indicated that asset management, particularly the maintenance of roads and bridges, was a top priority. Other items that topped the list include bringing natural gas to the region, completing the B-line trail, improving Bruce Telecom business and promoting economic development. All council members who stated their priorities agreed that the Whitney Crawford Community Centre redevelopment project needs to move forward this year.