January 2016

Police recover ATV, charge five

The Bruce Peninsula OPP and the Grey County OPP recovered a 2015 red Polaris Razor 570 ATV that had been stolen from Kincardine on Dec. 27.

As a result, five people were charged, one from Kincardine.

At 9:18 p.m. on Jan. 1, the Bruce Peninsula OPP and the Grey County OPP intercepted the sale of the vehicle. Police had been advised that the ATV, estimated to be worth $12,000, was being transported in a mini-van, along with a pick-up truck towing a trailer. Police spotted the suspect vehicles on Bruce Road 10 in the town of South-Bruce Peninsula.

Five suspects were charged. A 29-year-old man from Arran Elderslie was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. He is to appear in court Feb. 4 to answer to the charge.

Seven impaired charges over holidays

The OPP issued a release last week summarizing the results from the annual Festive RIDE campaign. The program began Nov. 23 and concluded on Jan. 2.

A total of 573 impaired driving charges were laid in Ontario, and 350 others had their licenses suspended after registering a roadside warning. The annual safety initiative saw cops at RIDE checkpoints checking vehicles for alcohol and drug impaired drivers.

Locally, the South-Bruce OPP laid seven charges of impaired driving and seized four other licenses for roadside warning violations.

"This year's results tell us some drivers continue to put others at risk by driving while impaired," said South-Bruce OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Dana Earley.

Ski loppet this Saturday

Don't hide inside - embrace the season.

A scene from the second annual ski loppet at Stoney Island in 2014. (Independent file photo/Howald)


People are encouraged to come back outside to enjoy the fourth annual Kincardine Community Ski Loppet this Saturday afternoon.

As usual, the event will take place at the Stoney Island Conservation Area just north of town on the B-Line (Country Road 23). The loppet will begin at 2 p.m., but there will also be a short race for enthusiasts beginning at 1 p.m. Open to all age groups, there will be a short course for youngsters that avoids hills.

Bulldogs split games with Walkerton

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs failed to gain any ground on the Walkerton Hawks over the weekend - but they didn't lose any either.

Little changed in the standings as Walkerton and Kincardine, the first and second place teams in the Western Junior C League, respectively, split a home-and-home set on the weekend. Both teams won on the road.

"Obviously four points was the goal, but we're still happy with the win and taking the season series (vs. Walkerton, 3-2-1)," said Kincardine head coach Steve Stepaniak on Sunday.

Wolves still seek first win of 2016

Wall of Fame inductions this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves have had a less than ideal start to the New Year.

League leading Mapleton-Minto had little trouble with the Ripley Wolves Sunday afternoon in the village. (Josh Howald photo)

In fact, the Wolves are still looking for their first win of 2016 after dropping two weekend contests on home ice. Ripley lost 6-2 to Saugeen Shores on Saturday and the Minto-Mapleton 81's danced all over the Wolves Sunday afternoon. The Wolves have now dropped four consecutive games and have slipped from third to sixth place in the standings.

Alumni hockey game Jan. 23

Fundraiser for European hockey tour

By Josh Howald

The current Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team is going to get some help from the 2012 OFSAA provincial champions.

On Jan. 23, a fundraiser will take place at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine that will feature live entertainment, a silent auction, a licensed bar and a chance to see this year's KDSS team take on a team of KDSS hockey alumni, including several members of the 2012 provincial champs.

All of the money raised at the event will go towards an exhibition tour of Europe this year's team has planned for April. Peter Wolfe said the trip will be part educational, part cultural and part hockey. Kincardine has at least four games lined up against high schools in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Senior girls win three of four

By Josh Howald

After some time off for the Christmas holidays, the Kincardine District Secondary School girls volleyball team picked up right where they left off.

Rylee Evans passes the ball during BAA senior girls volleyball action last week at KDSS. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights moved into a tie for first place overall in the Bluewater Athletic Association's South Division by winning three of four matches it played last week. KDSS is now 6-2, tied for first with Sacred Heart High School with 12 points. The Crusaders, however, have two games in hand on Kincardine.

Shane clinches playoff spot

By Josh Howald

Les Shane's BDO Canada rink from Kincardine was one of four teams that have clinched a spot in the Grey-Bruce Major Curling League playoffs Feb. 7 in Kincardine.

Shane stole a 7-6 win over Wade Walsh's Cooke Distributing rink last Wednesday night in Tara. That gives the team a 5-3 record with three draws remaining in the area's premier curling league. The other three teams that have clinched a berth in the playoffs currently sit in a three-way tie at the top. Don Bartley, Al Hutchison and AJ Schumaker each sport identical 5-2 records.

A game between Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink and Steve Gregg was postponed. Milburn's Kincardine team was in ninth at 2-4 heading into tonight's action at the Kincardine Curling Club.

Be wary

I read with interest your Dec. 2, 2015, articles on upgrades to the municipal sewage facilities of Kincardine along with the one located at the Bruce Energy Centre – this is the Bruce Energy Centre (BEC) formerly operated by Bruce Power (where ownership was transferred to the municipality for a small consideration about three and a half years ago).  The capital upgrade at the BEC lagoon is estimated at close to $500,000. Current research appears to indicate that if this lagoon has to be upgraded to a water treatment plant, the costs would be in the area of $15 million. It is currently close to its capacity of 80 per cent.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Robert (Bob) John Abra took his last flight Jan. 3, 2016, age 85 years.

Resident of Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence, Stratford, Ontario and formerly from Kincardine, Ontario. Born in Owen Sound, son of the late Frank and Violet (Briggs) Epplett. Retired after 30 years of service as staff sergeant and helicopter pilot with the Ontario Provincial Police. Robert served in the RCAF in Summerside, PEI, where he met the love of his life Marion Morrison, who predeceased him in 2013. Robert will be remembered by his sister Pat Bolton (Lorne) and his brother Rick Epplett (Lynne) and nieces and nephews, Dana Koperski (John), Rob Bolton (Tracey), Lisa (Dean) and Katie (Andrew).