November 2016

Body of Kincardine woman recovered from Lake Huron

By Barb McKay

A 67-year-old Kincardine woman is dead after the car she was driving went off the north pier into Lake Huron last Tuesday.

The OPP Search and Recovery Unit assisted the South-Bruce OPP and Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services last Wednesday in recovering a car and the body of a Kincardine woman from Lake Huron near the north pier. (Barb McKay photo)


New customers, not current users, will pay for natural gas expansion, OEB decides

By Barb McKay

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has made its decision on how the expansion of natural gas service to rural and northern communities can best be achieved.

The OEB held public generic hearings back in the spring to determine a new regulatory structure for natural gas expansion projects. The concern was that the current structure may create barriers for communities who are not serviced because of the associated costs.

Municipality commits funding to local hospice

By Barb McKay

The Huron Shores Hospice committee will no longer need to approach the Municipality of Kincardine for grants to help get the project off the ground.

Council agreed during its meeting last Wednesday that funding for the local hospice should be included in the annual municipal budget. The Huron Shores Hospice committee had approached council in September for a $5,000 contribution to the committee’s fundraising efforts to open a one-bed hospice suite at Tiverton Park Manor, with plans to build a standalone three-bed facility in the next few years pending government approval.

Finding deals

Mackenzie Thomas, 3, of Owen Sound was shopping for Christmas decorations with grandmother Shirley Thomas at the Kincardine Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Boutique Friday. Santa even made an appearance at the sale. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine Youth Waves seeks applications for youth council

By Barb McKay

Youth in Kincardinewill soon have a vehicle to make their voices heard.

During its meeting last Wednesday, the Municipality of Kincardine council endorsed a plan by Kincardine Youth Waves to form a youth council. The initiative builds upon the municipality’s efforts to be a ‘youth-friendly community’ after receiving that designation from Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) earlier this year. During the application process to earn the designation PRO identified a couple of weak areas that needed to be addressed including the need for more civic engagement for youth. As a result, PRO selected Kincardine as one of three rural pilot sites in the province to receive mentorship and funding to establish a youth council.

Just be-Claus

Owen McKinley, 3, of Kincardine gets in a visit with Santa Claus Friday evening in downtown Kincardine at Hometown Christmas. Both Claus, Mrs. Claus and even the Grinch, were among the hundreds that enjoyed unseasonably warm weather and some great activities at Friday's event. (Josh Howald photo)

Festive RIDE campaign underway

The annual Festive RIDE campaign is now officially underway.

Expect to see multiple checkpoints as the OPP kicked off the campaign on Monday. There will be a significant number of RIDE checkpoints throughout the province until Jan. 7, 2017.

The OPP said that in 2015, they investigated 65 road collisions in which a drug-impaired driver was found to be the primary cause of the crash. So far in 2016, the same factor has been behind 59 such collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. Tragically, 35 people have died this year so far in alcohol or drug-related crashes, which puts the total number of road deaths in this causal category nearly 650 in the last decade.

Get a ticket to Timmins, the Knights are going to OFSAA

Knights face Hillcrest at 4:45 p.m.

By Josh Howald

Mission accomplished.

KDSS celebrates winning the BAA championship at home recently. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team is headed for Timmins.

The Knights earned a spot at the OFSAA provincial high school basketball championship tournament this week by winning a CWOSSA championship on Friday in Waterford.

"We're overjoyed," said centre Rainor Kuz.

"We worked hard to achieve our goals of winning BAAs and CWOSSA. Our hard work has paid off and we're excited to head up to Timmins for OFSAA."

Regional Silver Stick title for midgets

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are Regional Silver Stick champions.

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks won the Wingham Regional Silver Stick championship Sunday with an overtime win over Ayr. (submitted photo)


Captain Rhys Vollmer scored at 6:12 of overtime to give the midgets a 2-1 win over Ayr and a ticket to the International Silver Stick Finals in Forest in January. The win also ended a Silver Stick drought for Kincardine's midget program that dates back to 2013. Kincardine won the International Silver Stick championship in 2012, but hasn't won the regional tournament in Wingham since.

Swiss schedule announced

Swiss team to face Bulldogs Dec. 28

By Josh Howald

The Ontario Hockey Association officially announced the schedule for the visiting EHC Dubendorf hockey club from Switzerland for international exhibition games against Provincial Junior Hockey League teams.

The visit for the Swiss team, which was organized in part by Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs General Manager Doug Kennedy, will begin in Kincardine, as was expected.

EHC Dubendorf will open a six-game exhibition schedule Dec. 28 with a 7:30 p.m. game against the Bulldogs. EHC Dubendorf plays in the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation's Tier III Junior League Junioren Top, which is comparable to the PJHL within the OHA. They are currently in third place in the Eastern Region of the Junioren Top League with a 5-2-1 record.