July 2016

Race to the finish

Liam Adams Buckton, 6, races to the finish line at Station Beach during the Ontario SUP Series - Kincardine youth race Saturday. Following behind are Eden Babbitt, 10, and Bria McPherson, 10. More than 40 racers, including nine children, from all over Ontario took part in the event. Mike Howes, a Kincardine cottager, was the overall winner. (Barb McKay photo)

Fire ban in effect

The Municipalities of Kincardine and Saugeen Shores have declared an open air fire ban due to lack of rainfall and forecasted hot dry conditions. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns and any burn that is greater than one metre in diameter.

The open air fire ban is in effect until further notice. Municipal bylaws have set fines and surcharges for those found to be in violation of the ban. If you have any questions regarding the ban, contact your local fire department.

Residents are allowed to have recreational fires in outdoor fireplaces, chimineas and camp fires. However, recreational fires must be small (less than one metre in diameter) and contained. Never leave your fire unattended and always have means to extinguish the fire readily available.

If you discover a fire, it is very important that you report it immediately by calling 911.

Refugees delayed

The Kincardine Refugee Committee has learned that the July 27 (today) flight to Canada carrying the community’s first refugee family has been cancelled.

A home has been rented for one month for the family of four from Iran. The family is currently at a refugee camp in Turkey.

The committee expects the family will arrive at Pearson International Airport in the near future.

Comedy for a good cause at cardboard boat races

By Barb McKay

A new event has been added to the Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival that organizers hope will float your boat – or preferably, sink it.

The first Cardboard Boat Regatta will be held Aug. 27 in support of the Kincardine Community Fund. The event is open to anyone age five years and older and there are categories for children, teams of up to two ‘sailors’, business teams and teams of three or more. The event will take place at Station Beach during the Marine Heritage Festival, which runs from Aug. 26-28.

Highway 9 crash causes diesel spill

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday, South Bruce OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 9 in Carrick Township involving a freight truck and Volkswagen Golf vehicle.

Initial investigation suggests that the Volkswagen, which was southbound on Highway 9, entered the northbound lane into the path of the freight truck.  In an effort to avoid a serious head-on collision, the truck, carrying 20,000 litres of molasses, entered the ditch and subsequently rolled in a field. Approximately 800 litres of diesel spilled. The Ministry of Environment had been notified.  The driver of the truck, a 43-year-old Woodstock man, was not injured.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a 24-year old Toronto man, was transported to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 9 between Sideroad 45 and Sideroad 50 remained closed for investigation and cleanup.

Kincardine woman charged with racing

Just minutes after Huron County OPP sent out a warning message to drivers to slow down on Thursday, officers found another driver driving at an excessive speed.

On Thursday morning, just after 11 a.m. a Huron County OPP officer observed a Nissan 350Z sports car travelling northbound on Highway 21 near Port Albert at a high rate of speed.  A speed measurement with a radar device clocked at 134 kilometres per hour in a posted 80 kilometres per hour zone.

A 56-year-old Kincardine woman has been charged with racing.  She has a court date scheduled for Sept. 20, 2016, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.  Her licence has been suspended for seven days and her vehicle is now impounded for the week.

Ramps make downtown Kincardine more accessible

A total of nine downtown Kincardine businesses are now more accessible after receiving ramps through the Community Ramp Project.

The project by the Stop Gap Foundation was adopted by the Kincardine Accessibility Advisory Committee, which worked with the Kincardine BIA to encourage businesses to sign up. There were 21 businesses in Kincardine with small single steps in front of their establishments who qualified to receive the ramps, which were built by students at Kincardine and District Secondary School.

Each business owner will display an “Access Ramp Available Upon Request” sign and individuals can arrange for the ramp to be put out in advance of their visit, their companion can enter the business and request the ramp or the signage will have the phone number for the business that they can call.

On the run

Ewan Graham takes the ball upfield with Knox Kowalek, right, in hot pursuit during an under-5 soccer game Wednesday evening in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)

Huron United falls to second place

Huron United suffered their first home defeat of the season to second place Guelph IST and in doing so gave up top spot in the SWRSA Premier League.

The game was very tight and neither team was allowed any time on the ball, this made for a high intensity but ultimately scrappy affair. The home team had the bulk of the play in the first half and IST were prevented from going a goal down after 22 minutes only by a brilliant full stretch save from their goalkeeper after a crisp shot from Ivo Ferreira.

There were not many goal scoring chances to be had, but the visitors struck right at half-time, when a shot from 18 yards out was well saved by Huron keeper Aidan Calcutt, but an IST forward got to the rebound first and tapped in from close range. The second half was pretty much the same story, a shot from TerronHyre was cleared off the line and Peter Stoeckli, Derrick Bernath and Brad Walden all had headers drift wide of the goal.

Nice catch

Gary Newton of London holds up an 8.15-pound salmon he caught on the first day of the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby Saturday. The derby runs until Aug. 7. (Barb McKay photo)