January 2016

Family shoes

Penetangear hosted a community snowshoe event at the Stoney Island Conservation Area Sunday. Here, Bryan and Lija Bradley of Kincardine brought along daughters Claire, 2, and Maeve, six months, for a fun day on the trails. (Barb McKay photo)

Dense development plan near Willow West rejected

By Barb McKay


A proposal for a multi-residential development on the edge of the Willow West subdivision will not be getting off the ground.


The Municipality of Kincardine council unanimously turned down a request from developer Tom Kerr for a multitude of zoning changes to the property at Kincardine Avenue and Fraser Drive to accommodate 19 residential units. Kerr proposed to build three semi-detached houses, six townhouse units and a six-unit apartment complex on the two-acre lot. A farm house that already exists on the property will remain.


Man charged in crash that cut power

The South-Bruce OPP announced last week a 63-year-old Kincardine man has been charged in the crash at the top of Durham Street that left area residents, as well as Kincardine District Secondary School, without power on Jan. 4.

Police said they received a report of a pick-up truck hitting a hydro pole on Durham Street in Kincardine, and arrived on the scene, along with Municipality of Kincardine fire fighters and Bruce County Paramedics, to find a black Chevrolet Silverado had struck a hydro pole near the Davidson Centre. The broken pole was on the ground, and hydro lines were resting on top of the pick-up truck.

Hundreds of residents were left without power for most of the day, and KDSS students were sent home at 12:30 p.m. A portion of Durham St. remained closed until 9 p.m., when Westerio Power crews finished restoring all power.

Pipe band nurturing its next generation through school program

By Barb McKay


Inside the walls of Elgin Market Public School echoes the not-so-sweet sound of the Scottish chanter.



Grades 4 and 5 students at EMPS learn to play the chanter from local piper Joan MacIntosh. From left, Brianna Clifford, Carter Wylds, Kaiden Ford, Adam Nasimi and Audrey Friessen. (Barb McKay photo)



First Kids Toboggan Grand Prix Jan. 30

By Barb McKay


A new event encourages local kids to get outside, be active and enjoy the snow.


Penetangear’s first ever Kids Toboggan Grand Prix will be held Jan. 30 in Alps Park at the north extension of the Kincardine Trails, at the east end of Kingsway Street. Penetangear owner Darrel Perry attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to discuss the event and request approval to hold it on municipal property.

The toboggan races, sponsored by McDonald’s, are meant for children ages 12 years and younger, Perry said, and children will race in age groups.


Firearms stolen in break-in

There are eight more guns on the streets after a Lucknow home was broken into on Jan. 12 or 13.

The break-in was reported to police just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 13. Sometime between 6 a.m. on Jan. 12 and 6 a.m. the following day, an Inglis Street home was forcibly entered.

The list of missing items includes three Savage long guns, two Weatherby long guns, two Remington long guns, a Norinco NP58 hand gun, a collection of Cold Steel knives, a 46" Panasonic television and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. There was no estimate on the value of the stolen property provided.

The South-Bruce OPP asks anybody with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip to www.crimesstoppersgb.ca. You might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Atoms lose in Silver Stick semi-final

It was a roller coaster weekend for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks, and it ended in overtime of the International Silver Stick semi-finals in Forest.

It looked liked the whole experience might be over for the Kinucks before noon on Friday, but the atoms made the most of the chances they got. After two quick losses, Kincardine hammered a team from Rome, New York to squeak through to a semi-final game on Saturday afternoon.

That semi-final was against Elmvale, who had defeated the Kinucks the previous day.

Bulldogs locked into second

By Josh Howald

It will be Goderich, Hanover or a bye in the first round for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Kincardine celebrates Robert White's overtime winner Saturday evening as Hanover goalie Gord Walmsley skates off the ice at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


The final weekend of the season will mean nothing to any team in the Western Junior C League, as far as playoff match-ups are concerned. While some teams have two games remaining and others have one, nobody can move up or down in the standings, regardless of the results.

Wolves land in A playoffs

By Josh Howald

Despite winning their final game of the WOAA Senior AA season, the Ripley Wolves will not compete for a AA playoff championship again this season.

The Wolves finished fifth overall in the seven-team North Division, three points back of the fourth place Shallow Lake Crushers. While the Crushers get the unenviable task of taking on the Mapleton-Minto 81's in the opening round of the playoffs, the Wolves will be the top seed in the A playoffs with Lucknow, Shelburne from the North and Tillsonburg and Milverton from the WOAA South Division. The other North Division AA match-up will feature the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks and the Durham Thundercats.

While the Wolves wanted to compete for the AA title, on a positive note they will get a chance to defend the WOAA Senior A playoff championship they won last season in a seven-game series against the Shallow Lake Crushers.

Ravens win girls volleyball tourney

The Ripley Community School Ravens won the championship banner at the Southwest Regional Volleyball Tournament held Jan. 19 at Kincardine District Secondary School.


Ripley defeated Huron Heights Public School 25-7, 25-12 and then split 25-17 games with Lucknow. Ripley then swept Elgin Market Public School 25-8, 25-14 to finish first overall in the round robin with a 5-1 record.


The finals pitted the Ravens against Lucknow once again, but this time Ripley's serving was too much for Lucknow. Accurate passing and setting lead the way to a straight set win over Lucknow 25-6, 25-10.


This week Ripley will be in Sauble Beach to play in the Bluewater championship tournament.