November 2016

Don’t ban beach fires, say Bruce Beach residents

By Barb McKay

Residents and cottage owners at Bruce Beach are calling on Huron-Kinloss council to put off making a decision on a bylaw that would ban fires on the beach.

Four representatives from the Bruce Beach Association attended last Monday’s council meeting to have their say about a proposed addition to a current bylaw. Joan McLaughlin said residents and cottagers have been having recreational fires on the beach for decades and, in fact, there is a detailed passage in the association’s handbook that provides instructions for how to properly build a fire, where to build it and how to extinguish it. The book also quotes the municipal bylaw regarding recreational fires.

New voting methods available under Municipal Elections Act

By Barb McKay

Municipalities now have the choice to use a ranked ballot system after changes were made this year to the Municipal Elections Act.

Municipality of Kincardine clerk Donna MacDougall explained what some of the key changes are to the act during last Wednesday’s council meeting. For the 2018 municipal election municipalities will be able to use a ranked ballot system where voters can rank candidates in order of preference. If Kincardine decided to use ranked ballots it would be required to hold a public meeting first to get feedback.


The Super Moon was extremely visible just north of Tiverton at roughly 5 p.m. Sunday. (Josh Howald photo)

 Travel trailer stolen in town

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating the theft of a travel trailer that happened between 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The white and black 19-foot Sportsman Classic travel trailer was stolen from the driveway of a Park St. residence. Also missing with the trailer is a red Coleman barbeque, two stand-up paddleboards and a Honda generator. The licence on the travel trailer is #L77 61H. The value of the stolen items is estimated to be more than $19,000.

Police ask anybody with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip to and you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

 Municipal CAO recruitment process gets underway

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will contract a professional recruiter to assist with the hiring process for a new chief administrative officer (CAO).

Council agreed with a recommendation from its current CAO Murray Clarke during its Nov. 2 meeting to obtain outside help to fill the position that Clarke will vacate at the end of June 2017 when he retires.

 Knights cruise to BAA title at home

Senior girls off to CWOSSA Friday

By Josh Howald

For the first time in more than a decade, the Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team won a Bluewater Athletic Association championship.

Flavie RiVollier of the Knights stuffs a shot from Hana Schnurr of GHSS in the BAA final Friday evening at KDSS. (Josh Howald photo)


"I'm not even sure when the last (BAA title) was," said coach Vince Yenssen Monday morning. "It isn't on this plaque here, so it has been at least 15 years. It has been a long haul. We have lost in the final four or five times. The team knew that, and it was a very satisfying win."

Satisfying, yet expected.

Wolves lose twice

The Ripley Wolves knew it was going to be a tough weekend.

While the losses may have been at the hands of two of the best teams in the WOAA Senior AA Hockey League, the bottom line is Ripley has now lost four consecutive games and have slipped to 3-6 on the season.

No home ice advantage for curlers

It was hardly home sweet home for the two Kincardine rinks in Brokerlink Insurance Grey-Bruce Major Curling League action on Sunday.

Craig Milburn in action Sunday afternoon at the Kincardine Curlingn Club. (Josh Howald photo)


'Dogs drop two close ones

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs had been ending up on the right side of a lot of close hockey games this season. That came to an end over the weekend, as Kincardine dropped a pair of one-goal games to Wingham and Hanover.

Still, Kincardine remained in third place overall in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League with a 9-9-1 record and 19 points - one more than the fourth place Hanover Barons.

Friday night the Bulldogs were in Wingham to face the struggling Ironmen. This game was a wild one, with four goaltenders seeing action, a seven-goal first period and former Bulldogs forward Jasper Akiwenzie scoring in overtime to give the Ironmen a 7-6 win. It was Wingham's third win of the season.

Ripley girls win Regional title

The Ripley-Huron Community School Ravens captured the Southwest Regional Soccer championship Oct. 17 in Lucknow.

The Ravens opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over the hosts.  Ripley carried the play, and used nice passing and accurate shooting to victory.

In the second game, Ripley and Huron Heights Public School battled it out in an exciting match with plenty of chances and saves going both ways. The HHPS Lightning Hawks emerged from this game with a 3-1 win.

In the final game, the Ravens filled the net against Elgin Market Public School. Kenzie Fry posted the clean sheet in goal. Because both Ripley and HHPS finished the tournament with 2-1 records, the Ravens had a better plus-minus rating and were awarded the championship banner.