April 2017

Hands on training

More than 100 firefighters from 17 different stations in Bruce County attended the 2017 Fire School, hosted by the Ripley-Huron Fire Department on the weekend at a donated home on Highway 21. Five different training programs were taught by 20 experts brought in from Firestar Services Inc. in London. (Josh Howald photo)

 Business park could be serviced sooner than later

There is a window of opportunity, says mayor

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s business park at Highways 9 and 21 is closer to being serviced.

It has been well over a decade since plans first got underway to service the parcels of commercial land and 2013 was the last time the Municipality of Kincardine council took a serious look at a servicing master plan. But last Wednesday, representatives from B.M. Ross and Associates, the firm hired to develop the master plan, were back in front of council with a recommended path forward.

 Hydro rate reduction takes effect May 1

Beginning next month, households and small business owners will see their electricity bills drop by 17 per cent.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announcemed on Thursday that new rates will come into effect on May 1 and will include the eight per cent rebate that has been in effect since January, the removal of the charge that funds the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) and a portion of bill reduction that was announced in the provincial government’s Ontario Fair Hydro Plan. The OESP will still be available to eligible low-income electricity users.

The rate reduction comes into effect earlier than expected. The government had previously announced rates would be cut by 17 per cent starting this summer.  According to the OEB, the typical residential customer can expect a monthly electricity bill of $127, a decrease of $26

Flying boats

A crane was lifting boats into the Kincardine Harbour Saturday. This shot was taken from the boat launch area. A full day of work for the crane wasn't enough - the rest of the boats will go in the harbour May 13. (Josh Howald photo)

 Education minister visits local schools scheduled to close

Government will not commit to moratorium on rural school closures

By Barb McKay

Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter was met by dozens of young protesters when she made a stop at Paisley Central School last Wednesday.

Hunter stopped in Paisley and Markdale on a tour of rural schools in the province. Both the Paisley elementary school and Beaverton Community School in Markdale are part of the Bluewater District School Board’s (BWDSB) latest accommodation review process.

 Drama at RVilla

A 27-year-old North Huron Twp. man is facing several charges after attempting to get into the R Villa seniors home in Ripley.

Just after 7 a.m. on April 16, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of a suspicious male who had tried to enter the Park St. retirement residence. Officers arrived and arrested the man without incident.

The man was charged with mischief, possessing break-in tools, possessing a controlled substance and breach of probation. He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing that was scheduled for April 18.

Student creates impressive display

Lindsay Glover, left, is presented with a gift certificate by Charlene Wilson of the KDSS Home and School Association. For the full story on Glover's piece, which will be displayed permanently at the school, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Charge in school bus incident

It took nearly a month, but the South-Bruce OPP finally caught up with a driver who passed a stopped school bus on Bruce County Road 23 in Kincardine Twp.

On March 29 at 8:11 a.m., police received a report of a grey Toyota driving past a stopped school bus. The investigation culminated April 23 with a charge being laid.

A 34-year-old woman from Calgary, Alberta was charged with failing to stop for a school bus.

Veteran cop crashes cruiser

A veteran South-Bruce OPP officer was involved in a single vehicle crash at 10 a.m., April 19.

A press release issued by the police said a marked OPP cruiser had been travelling west when it left the road and entered the ditch near the intersection of Bruce County Road 20 and Tie Road in Bruce Twp. The driver of the police car, a South-Bruce OPP officer for the last 12 years, was treated for minor injuries at hospital.

The release did not identify the officer. It did, however, say that an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

There was no estimate on the damage caused to the police cruiser provided.



 Skating marks for Wilken, Leppington

The Ripley Huron Skating Club has reason to boast. A couple of skaters ended the season in grand fashion this year.

Bethany Wilken, left, Brenda Hill and Annie Leppington pose for a photo recently. Hill is the coach of the two Ripley Skating Club athletes. (submitted photo)


Bethany Wilken recently reached another figure skating milestone.

The 18-year-old from Ripley completed her final Diamond Dance test. Diamond Dances are considered to be competitive tests within Skate Canada's testing structure. It is a very difficult feat that is rarely achieved by skaters in this region.

Wilken is the first skater from the Ripley Huron Skating Club to pass all four Diamond Dances.