March 2017

 KDSS girls win CWOSSA championship

OT thriller sends Knights to OFSAA tournament

By Josh Howald

Kincardine District Secondary School is headed for the OFSAA provincial girls hockey championship tournament.

Jennelle Smeltzer celerbrates an early goal in the BAA final recently in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


"It was certainly a goal of ours to win CWOSSA after losing in last year's final," said Madison Beishuizen, who scored twice in this year's CWOSSA title bout, including the game winner in overtime.

 Splitting atoms

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks and the Petrolia Oilers each won at home to leave the OMHA atom B championship series even after the opening weekend.

Kincardine swept Parry Sound in three straight games to advance to the OMHA final. (Josh Howald photo)


It is somewhat fitting that the OMHA final series is even, as either Kincardine or Petrolia could quite easily be holding a 2-0 lead right now. Both games could have gone either way, and Game 2 in Petrolia was decided in overtime.

Game 3 of the series will be played in Kincardine Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Game 4 will be Sunday at 4:10 p.m. back in Petrolia. Game 5 in the best-of-five series, if necessary, will be played March 25 in Tiverton at 3 p.m.

 Midgets open OMHA finals on the road

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insue midget Kinucks will head to Mooretown this weekend to open the OMHA midget B championship series.

Kincardine celebrates a goal in Game 3 of the OMHA Finals.Gaem willl be replayed TBD.


Game 1 of the All-Ontario finals will be played Saturday night in Mooretown. The puck drops at 7 p.m. to open this best-of-five series. Game 2 of the series will also be played in Mooretown. It is scheduled for Sunday at 2:40 p.m.

Patriots up on Hawks

The Walkerton Hawks are on the brink of elimination.

Few would have predicted the Mount Forest Patriots would have a chance to eliminate the Hawks and win the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Pollock Division at home Friday night in Game 6 of the league finals.

Mount Forest finished third in the regular season standings, with two points of the fourth place Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs and the fifth place Hanover Barons. The Pats had no trouble sweeping the sixth place Wingham Ironmen in the opening round, but then went down 3-0 to the second place Mitchell Hawks. But Mitchell couldn't finish Wingham off, and the Ironmen stayed alive in Games 4 and 5 and forced a seventh game with an overtime win in Game 6. After a convincing Game 7 win, the Pats promptly went into the league finals and shut out Walkerton 4-0 in Game 1.

Wednesday, Mrch 15, 2017


Charles “Michael” Palmer, of R.R. #3, Tiverton by the lake passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at Brucelea Haven on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in his 78th year.

Cherished husband of Marilyn Palmer (née Duck).

Beloved father of Warren Palmer of R.R. #3, Tiverton; and Daisy (Holger) Kraul of Dörverden, Germany. Loved grandfather of Liam and Noah.

Missed by sisters-in-law Sharon Jeffrey of Port Elgin and Karen Duck (Todd Kennedy) of MacGregor. Also missed by his nephews Charlie and Cory, and nieces Christine (Joe) Salerno and Brittany Kennedy.

Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Gretta (née Brinkman) Palmer; and brother Mac Palmer.

Michael was a local musician and a real estate broker for the area.

Council is the boss

I do not agree that the CAO or Water Waste Supervisor have so much say as council is their boss.

It would have been much cheaper for the municipality to have found and repaired the water meter that was causing the issue, instead of passing the buck because the bylaw states that the property owner must find the water meter.

As a retired municipal employee, I was always was under the impression that the council was the big boss; not the CAO, as he was hired by the council, as I was back in 1980.

I do not agree that councillor Gordon Campbell should be brought up on the carpet for doing his job as councillor and working for the taxpayers.

Who elected the council? It was certainly not the CAO.

The CAO should have to answer to the council, not the other way around.

Wayne Hartwick


Should the March break fall now or closer to Easter?

80% (12 votes)
20% (3 votes)
Total votes: 15

Bowling for BBBS

Rylie Emmerton, 11, bowls at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser held over the weekend at the Bruce Bowling Lanes. The bowlathon featured 30 teams that together raised more than $24,000. (Barb McKay photo)

Councillor Campbell docked pay over Code of Conduct violation

By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine Councillor Gordon Campbell will lose 30 days’ pay after an investigation found that he had verbally abused municipal staff.

Robert Swayze, an integrity commissioner appointed by the municipality, attended last Wednesday’s Kincardine council meeting to report on his findings from a four-month investigation to determine if Campbell had violated the Council Code of Conduct. Swayze said he was appointed in early October and soon after received applications of complaint from CAO Murray Clarke and Water and Wastewater Supervisor Shamus Anderson regarding Campbell. He interviewed the complainants, a witness and Campbell on two separate occasions before reaching his decision.

 Province commits to dropping hydro rates by 17 per cent

By Barb McKay

Relief is on the way for homeowners as the Ontario government says it will cut hydro rates by 17 per cent.

The government made the announcement on Thursday that “significant system restructuring” will provide residential hydro users with a reduced rate starting this summer. In its report, the province used the figure of 25 per cent, but that includes an eight per cent reduction on electricity bills that came into effect earlier this year.

A total of $50 billion spent on upgrades to Ontario’s electrical grid, along with high priced renewable energy contracts, have caused hydro rates to skyrocket in recent years. The government is now backing away from its original plan to fast track the debt repayment and instead repay it over a longer term.