June 2016

Three men and a bear

There was plenty of excitement in the south end of town last Wednesday when this black bear was spotted on Adelaide Street early in the morning, and then on Kincardine Ave. South-Bruce OPP officers and conservation officers captured the bear in a tree near the dog park off Bruce Ave. just before noon. They were helped by Municipality of Kincardine fire chief Kent Padfield, right, and municipal emergency management co-ordinator Frank Merkt (not shown, to Padfield's left). The bear was tranquilized and relocated to the Bruce Peninsula, where he was released. (Barb McKay photo)


CRA decision puts squeeze on family-run campgrounds

By Barb McKay

Small, private campground owners received a shock when they opened their tax bills this year. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has removed the small business tax deduction for many, indicating that they are too small to qualify.

According to CRA criteria, to receive the tax deduction businesses must employ more than five people. Family-run campgrounds generally operate seasonally, closing in the winter, and are unable to meet that employment threshold. As well as not qualifying for the tax deduction, the campgrounds are required to pay thousands of dollars in back taxes.


Energy Ministry official puts natural gas rumour to bed

Bob Delaney, EPCOR in Kincardine last week

By Barb McKay

 

A representative from the Ontario Ministry of Energy was in Kincardine last Wednesday to re-assure the municipality that the province is not abandoning natural gas.

 

Mississauga MPP Bob Delaney, parliamentary assistant to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, met with Kincardine deputy mayor Jacqueline Faubert, municipal treasurer Roxana Baumann and EPCOR executives at the municipal administration office prior to the municipal council meeting. EPCOR CEO Stuart Lee addressed council and the media to say that Delaney’s visit, as well as a discussion with Finance Minister Charles Sousa, left him feeling confident that natural gas will be a part of Ontario’s energy mix for years to come.

 


Further repairs to Kincardine water tower project

By Barb McKay

 

Work to Kincardine’s water tower has expanded.

 

Public works director Adam Weishar told council during its meeting last Wednesday that crews preparing to take the water tower offline for recoating and upgrades discovered that the high lift pump is in need of immediate repairs. The pump is scheduled to be upgraded in 2017 with a variable frequency drive (VFD) to regulate the speed of the motor. After reviewing costs, staff recommended that a new system with a pump, VFD and motor be installed. International Water Supply will supply the pump for $74,000. As the Kincardine water tower project came in $230,000 under budget, there is money available in the budget to cover the cost.

 


Jump for joy

Abi Palmer shows off some jump rope skills at Jump Rope For Heart at KTTPS last Thursday. (Barb McKay photo)


Mixed reaction to shoreline retaining wall project

By Barb McKay

 

Plans to stabilize the shoreline along MacPherson Park could cost $300,000.

 

Elevated lake levels have eroded the beach north of the north pier, so much so that in March members of the Kincardine Lions Club removed a 150-foot section of the boardwalk to prevent it from being washed away. The club approached the municipality to take action to prevent further erosion.

 


Shriners march!

The Shriners entertained the town Saturday afternoon with a fian parade down Queen Street in Kincardine. The Shriners were in town for a convention and pulled out all the stops - and toys - for the weekend parade. (Josh Howald photo)


Eybergen sixth in province

By Josh Howald

Only five midget-aged girls in Ontario can jump higher than Madelyn Eybergen.

Madelyn Eybergen was sixth in midget girls high jump at the OFSAA Track and Field Championship meet in Windsor. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Eybergen, 15, finished sixth in high jump at OFSAA, the provincial track and field championships in Windsor on Friday.

"I just have to go into it and try to jump  a personal best," said Eybergen last week prior to the OFSAA championships.


United, Listowel play to 1-1 draw

By Josh Howald

It may have been a soggy Sunday for soccer, but Aidan Calcutt was sharp.

David Miller of Huron United marks a Listowel forward during Sunday's game in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Calcutt, the goalkeeper for Kincardine's Huron United, made a number of very good saves to help the United play Listowel to a 1-1 draw in SWRSA Premier League soccer action at the Davidson Centre. He was voted man of the match.

The result puts the United at 2-1-1 in Premier League action this season.

Sunday's game in Kincardine was a wet one. It rained off and on for most of this game, with conditions at their worst near the end of the first half. However, the rain did let off for the final 15 minutes of this contest.


KMBA honours Mauer, Dunlop with tourney name change

Peewee, midget teams at Connaught Park this weekend

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Minor Baseball Association's annual peewee and midget tournaments now have a name.

The events, both of which will be this weekend at Connaught Park in Kincardine, have been renamed the Harold Maurer PeeWee Tournament and the Dave Dunlop Midget Tournament.

"Kincardine Minor Baseball has a long and proud tradition," said KMBA president Jay Bell, "and we wanted to tip our cap to some of our past volunteers who helped shape what baseball looks like today in our community."

"We can't thank these gentlemen enough for all of the time and effort they have put in over the years to the game of baseball," said Bell.

Maurer and Dunlop certainly need no introduction to those who frequent the ball diamonds. Both will more than certainly be at Connaught Park this weekend to take in some baseball, particularly the hometown Cardinals.