June 2016

Powerless Sunday

By Josh Howald

More than 3,500 people spent Sunday in the dark.

The power went out in Kincardine just before 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Residents of Huron-Kinloss and Tiverton were also without power for much of the day.

The power was finally restored in the former town of Kincardine at about 7:30 p.m.

Westario Power declined to answer any questions about the outage. Hydro One, meanwhile, blamed the power outage on Sunday`s high winds. Apparently, a tree was knocked into a power line.

At one point in the early afternoon, more than 6,000 homes had no power in an outage that stretched all the way to Durham. Tiverton, Ripley, Amberley and Point Clark were all affected.

Because of the power outage, the Municipality of Kincardine issued a Precautionary Boil Water Alert for the former village of Tiverton.

Got that swing

There was a full house at the Kincardine Pavilion Sunday, despite the power outage. People came from as far away as Ohio to take a spin on the dance floor. Here, centre, is Wilfried and Joan Kleser of Clinton. The Lighthouse Swing Band will hold dances at the pavilion throughout the summer. For a schedule, visit www.lighthouseswingband.com. (Barb McKay phot)

Nuclear important to climate change plan, says Bruce Power

By Barb McKay

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan confirms the province’s continued commitment to nuclear, according to Bruce Power officials.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change released its new action plan last Wednesday. The plan has generated a fair amount of controversy in recent weeks amid rumours that the province would phase out natural gas as a home heating source, beginning in 2030; something Premier Kathleen Wynne has since debunked.

A key component of the plan is a new cap and trade program that will impose penalties on industries that are high emitters. The plan includes ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 per cent below the 1990 level by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

No yard waste pickup in Lucknow

The township will not reinstate curbside yard waste pickup in Lucknow.

Council debated the issue during its meeting last Monday after receiving a report from public works director Hugh Nichol. Council had requested a report on the costs associated with bringing back the service to Lucknow and the rest of the township after hearing from frustrated Lucknow residents last month and receiving a petition with 230 signatures calling for the return of yard waste collection. The service was left out of the 2016 municipal budget as a cost-saving measure.

In his report, Nichol provided the cost to provide the service monthly in Lucknow ($1,250), weekly for 30 weeks ($7,622) and weekly throughout the township for 30 weeks ($77,400). He included a cost estimate to operate the Lucknow drop-off depot for yard waste ($1,900 for 30 weeks) and the cost of an annual fall leaf pickup for the entire township ($9,680).

New Western League name honours Clarke, Kevin Pollock

OHA Junior C becomes PJHL, West is now Pollock Division

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Bulldogs are the last team that will ever win a Western Junior C Hockey League championship.

The Western League no longer exists - instead, next season the Bulldogs will play in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League.


OHA Junior C made a name change to the PJHL, and the Pollock Division was named to honour local refereeing legend Clarke Pollock, as well as son Kevin, currently a National Hockey League referee.

Two road wins for Cubs

Host Hanover tonight at Connaught Park

The Kincardine Cubs took two wins on the road in Thames Valley Senior Baseball League play on the weekend.

The Cubbies improved to 4-1 on the season with wins over the Woodstock Nationals and the London Area Angels.

Friday night in Woodstock, Kincardine cruised to an 11-4 win over the Nationals. Then Sunday afternoon in Byron, the Cubs edged out the Angels 10-8.

In other TVSBL action on the weekend, the Mitchell Astros beat the St. Thomas Cardinals 15-5 on Friday night. Saturday, the Lucan Irish Nine blasted the Forest City Storm 12-0. Sunday, the Astros smoked Woodstock 12-2. Mitchell is the only undefeated team in the TVSBL with a 4-0 record.

Tonight (Wednesday), the Cubs play a rare weekday game at home. The Hanover Hitmen will visit Connaught Park tonight for a 7 p.m. start on Tout Field. The Hitmen come into tonight's game with a record of 2-1-1.

Late goals give United road win

Huron United scored twice in the dying minutes Sunday night in Orangeville to return to winning ways in SWRSA Premier Division soccer action.

Despite another dominating performance, Huron United left it very late to grab all three points and things could have ended very differently if late in the game, in a scoreless draw, United defender Nick Plagos hadn't cleared a ball off the goal line to keep things scoreless.

Goals did eventually come. In the 88th minute a Peter Stoeckli shot was stopped but Ivo Ferreira knocked home the rebound from close range. Orangeville disputed the goal, claiming the play was offside, but after consulting with the linesman, the referee allowed the goal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2016

BEVAN COLLINS (May 21, 1948-June 4, 2016)

Bevan William Henry Collins passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on June 4, 2016, at the age of 68.


Loving husband and best friend for 45 years to Brenda.


One-of-a-kind dad to Jason, Sean, Ryan and Aaron.


Special son-in-law to Margaret Sachs.


Dear brother to Mervyn (Mary) and Gwyneth (Robert) Farrell.


Predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ian Collins, and his brother Burton (Margaret) Collins.

Revitalize not ruin

This letter is to all the people who come to the parking lot at the bottom of Lambton Street to sit by the lake and watch the waves and listen to their calming roll, to the parents who bring their little ones to the lake to throw stones and to those hard-working individuals who come to eat lunch and relax before going back to their stressful day.

This will be your last year to do that as the municipality intends to do to this section of the lake what they did to the north section of Saugeen Street - Manitoba maples, weed trees, weeds, evergreens, a wall of garbage plants and no maintenance.

I cannot comprehend why the municipality would take one of the most beautiful and treasured areas of downtown and turn it into a useless, dangerous dump for weeds, brush and garbage to collect, rendering it useless to the community.

Should the Municipality be doing more to revitalise the McPherson Park area?

82% (27 votes)
18% (6 votes)
Total votes: 33