June 2017

 Louis Kosmerly dead at 67

Well-known Kincardine businessman Louis Kosmerly died suddenly last week while on holidays in Greece.

Kosmerly, the long-time owner and operator of Gilley's Feed Lot, was on a Mediterranean cruise with his wife Linda celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary when he died June 7. He was 67.

Kosmerly was well-known and popular with both Kincardine natives and visitors to town. An avid sports fan - baseball in particular - he sponsored numerous sporting events and teams over the years and was a staple of Kincardine's downtown business community.

He is survived by his wife Linda and two sons - Louis M. Kosmerly and Joey Kosmerly, both of Kincardine. Also by two brothers, John (Elaine) Kosmerly and Frank (Pat) Kosmerly, all of Kincardine.

 Preparing for Kincardine’s inaugural Pride Parade

By Josh Howald

Kincardine will make a little bit of history on June 24.

Preparations for Bruce County’s inaugural Pride Parade have shifted into high gear. Organizers are anticipating a great day, and stressed that LGBTQ supporters can expect a full day of family fun in Kincardine.

Individuals, groups, employers and other organizations are invited to support the parade by entering decorated vehicles, floats, music or walking along. The family-friendly parade will begin to assemble at Connaught Park at 10 a.m. and leave for Victoria Park at 11 a.m. Entry is free. A social and music will follow. After, participants are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon at the beach followed by the second parade of the day - the Saturday night march by the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.

 Walker found on beach

By Josh Howald

Todd Walker's body was discovered in Lake Huron, near shore on Friday morning.

The discovery ended a 10-day search for the 37-year-old Kincardine man, who was last seen alive at 11:45 p.m., May 30.

Foul play is not suspected. Police added that the investigation is now complete.

The South-Bruce OPP issued a release early Friday afternoon that said Walker's body was found at 9:09 a.m. on a Kincardine beach. Cst. Kevin Martin said Monday that the discovery came north of the harbour between Durham and Broadway Streets. That would put the body somewhere in the vicinity of the pavilion.

 “Doors Open” offers a step into the past, and glimpse of the future

By Pauline Kerr

Doors Open Bruce County offered local residents and guests the opportunity to step into the past and journey into the future, all within a few kilometers over the weekend.

The Heffer-Bodrog family - Melissa Heffer, Jay Bodrog, Madeline Heffer-Bodrog and Gavin Heffer-Bodrog from Stratford took full advantage of Doors Open, visiting sites around the county. Here, they check out the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens. (Pauline Kerr photo)


 Walsh St. getting repaved

By Pauline Kerr

The council of the Municipality of Kincardine has accepted the tender of Lavis Contracting for the reconstruction of Walsh St., in the amount of $421,869.60 plus engineering.

The estimated cost of the project had originally been $670,000 including engineering, but after examination of existing infrastructure, the scope of the project was reduced to address only problem areas. The scope of work will include road excavation and complete resurfacing, curb and sidewalk repairs and storm drain improvements. The project had originally involved excavation and replacing curbs and sidewalks.

Two bids were received for the project.

The work is to be completed a week before the fall school term begins.

 Drug raid in Huron Twp.

A 54-year-old Huron Twp. man is facing numerous charges after police executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a Concession 10, Huron Twp. property on June 6.

Members of the OPP Community Street Crimes Unit, West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit and South-Bruce OPP officers executed the warrant. As a result, police seized cannabis marijuana, oxycodone, Percocet, morphine and nabilone. The estimated, combined value of the seized drugs is more than $3,000.

In addition, police also seized offence-related property that consisted of drug trafficking paraphernalia, prohibited weapons and ammunition.

The man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and careless storage of a firearm.

He was held in custody pending the result of a bail hearing scheduled for June 6.

 Huron United advances with shootout win

It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.

Huron United's Aiden Calcutt gets a hand on a Madman penalty during a five-man shootout that settled a 2-2 draw Sunday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Huron United choked on a two-goal lead late in Sunday evening's SWRSA League Cup match at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, but regrouped to advance with a win in a penalty shootout.

Huron United was cruising with 15 minutes remaining and holding a 3-1 lead. But the home side allowed the Shelburne Madmen back in the match with a penalty kick and some defensive indecision that allowed a Madmen striker to waltz in all alone on keeper Aidan Calcutt.

 Tennis court work finally tendered

Work will not be completed this year

By Josh Howald

When you are already years behind schedule, what's another couple of months?

The Harbour Street tennis courts in Kincardine will not be playable in 2017, contrary to claims made last month by municipal staff.

The resurfacing of the tennis courts was finally tendered last week by the municipality. If a company is interested in the job and successfully bids on it (the deadline is June 22) - and there are no unforeseen delays - there could be three playable tennis courts in town again in May, 2018.

 Wingham signs local skaters

But Bulldogs get Gibson, Fair

By Josh Howald

It might not be prime time for junior hockey action, but there is plenty of news coming out of the Provincial Junior Hockey League these days.

The Wingham Ironmen announced last week they had signed Rhys Vollmer and goaltender Jamie Brock. Both played for the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks last season. Vollmer captained the International Silver Stick champions, while Brock was rock solid between the pipes all season long.

The Ironmen also got Shane Vollmer and Ethan Long on cards for next season. Shane is the older brother of Rhys, and played for the Bulldogs two seasons ago - but signed with the Ironmen just before the deadline last season. Long started last season with the Kincardine midgets but jumped ship for the PJHL early in the year.

Cubs win pair on the road

A double-header in Byron Satuday didn't change much in the Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

The Kincardine Cubs are still undefeated and at the top of the standings, while the Byron Storm is still winless and at the bottom of the MOSBL table.

The Cubs cruised to a pair of wins on the road, despite playing some sloppy baseball at times.

Dylan Sayle took to the hill for the first half of this double-header already up three runs courtesy of three straight singles and a wild pitch. A Scott Austin double scored two more runs in the second inning, and then Austin made it 6-0 when he scored on another wild pitch. Sheldon McBride, Dane Dunlop and Austin all had RBI singles in the third, and the Cubs were up 9-0.

Byron got on the board in the third inning. A walk and two singles broke the ice, and the Storm scored three more times in the fourth, two of them unearned, and it was 9-4.