April 2016

Tennis season over early

By Josh Howald

Before it could even begin, the 2016 tennis season in Kincardine has ended.

The current condition of the Kincardine Tennis Courts. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine Tennis Club has decided to cancel the 2016 tennis season amidst frustration with the Municipality of Kincardine over deteriorating court conditions and council's flippant attitude to the situation and club.

Landowners oppose costly municipal drain project

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay


An extensive drainage project proposed for properties along Concession 12 in former Huron Township has several landowners up in arms.


Residents attended the April 4 township council meeting with a petition signed by 35 landowners who oppose the project, which is expected to cost roughly $1 million to complete. The petition reads, “Since all parties involved agree that the drain is working and the grade is good, the cost of this project is unrealistically excessive and of very little benefit. If the township or landowner believes that some improvements are necessary, there should be a new proposal.”

Traffic stop leads to drug charge

A 25-year-old Kincardine man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was pulled over on Highway 21 Saturday night.

Just after 10:30 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol in Huron Twp. stopped a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The officer discovered a quantity of illegal drugs in the car. The man was charged with possession and is scheduled to appear in court May 11 to answer to the charge.

Unit 2 outage begins

Bruce Power removed Unit 2 from service on Friday, April 1, as part of a planned maintenance outage.

“The Unit 2 outage is the beginning of an extensive investment program at Bruce A in 2016, as we will begin a concurrent planned outage in Unit 3 on May 1, before undertaking a Station Containment Outage (SCO) on May 6,” said Len Clewett, Bruce Power’s Chief Nuclear Officer.

The SCO, which fulfils the mandate of our independent regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, will ensure Bruce A’s layers of safety systems are working to the highest standards. All four Bruce A units will be removed from service during the SCO.

“Bruce Power’s asset management plan will see us invest billions of private dollars into these publicly owned reactors over the next decade,” Clewett said. “Although it will be challenging, we have had success completing these tasks in the past and continue to improve our performance with each planned maintenance outage.”

OWHA gold for locals

Three local hockey players won a provincial championship on the weekend with the Saugeen Maitland bantam AA Lightning.

Alyssa Andrews, left, and Madison Beishuizen show off the OWHA provincial championship banner Sunday in Toronto. (submitted photo


Alyssa Andrews of Tiverton, Madison Beishuizen of Ripley and Laura White from the 10th of Bruce are all members of the best bantam girls hockey team in the province. The team is coached by former Kincardine resident Mich Landry. Landry has a daughter, Mia, that also played for the bantam Bolts.

Ripley novices win WOAA

The Ripley novice Wolf Cubs are WOAA Jacobi Cup champions.

Ripley clinched the WOAA novice title by narrowly defeating the Shallow Lake Lakers 3-2 in overtime.

The novices came a long way this season. The team didn't pick up a win during the first half of the year, and turned things around in the second half - beginning with a couple of wins at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick.

Hard work and perseverance paid off, as the Wolf Cubs gained momentum towards the end of regular season action. They kept things rolling right into the postseason.

Ripley swept Zurich in an opening round series. Since they had the most points from the first round, the Wolf Cubs advanced directly to the WOAA finals.

Game winner

This goal ended up being the difference between Desboro and Owen Sound Saturday evening in the final of the girls hockey tournament at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

South West title for Ravens

The Ripley-Huron Community School Ravens won the championship banner at the South West Regional Girls Basketball Tournament March 29 at Kincardine District Secondary School.


The Ravens defeated Lucknow 32-10 in the first contest. Ripley then hammered Elgin Market Public School of Kincardine 51-4. That advanced them to the championship game against Huron Heights Public School of Kincardine.


Ripley's defence, passing and accurate shooting proved to be too much for the HHPS Lightning Hawks to handle as the Ravens dominated the game and sealed the South West Regional title with a 39-12 victory.


With the win, the Ravens advanced to the Bluewater Finals in Flesherton later this month.

Tennis court problem

I was a member of the Kincardine Tennis Club for 35 years. I helped oversee the installation of one of the finest lighting systems in Ontario. This project came in under budget. I also helped in overseeing the reconstruction of the courts to make them very high quality.


From April until November, these courts are used by people aged four or five years to seniors in their eighties.


The Kincardine Tennis Club has never been a great expense to the town on a year basis as players have paid their own way, including a wind screen and net replacement. Generally we mowed our own grass inside the court.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Anne Anderson, beloved wife of the late Cecil Gardner and Charles Anderson, passed away at Pinecrest Manor in Lucknow on Monday, April 4, 2016, at age 94.

She was born in Aneroid, Saskatchewan on Aug. 5, 1921, to the late Margaret (Wilkes) and Wilfred Quaid.

Dear Mother of Ken (Wendy) Gardner of Point Clark, Charlene (Doug) McEwan of Holyrood and Joan (Bob) Cresswell of Aylmer. Greatly missed by 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Also survived by daughter-in-law Anne Gardner of Point Clark, sister Millie Montgomery of Listowel, brothers John Quaid and Ken "Bud" Quaid, both of Sarnia, sister-in-law Dorothy Anderson of Mount Hope and by several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by son Ron Gardner and sisters Helen Dickson, Marion DeSilva and Mabel Westlake.