July 2017

What a weekend!

It was a wonderful, music-filled weekend in Kincardine as the Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival took over downtown. Large crowds enjoyed four different stages in downtown Kincardine Saturday afternoon, in addition to the usual headlining acts. Here, Kincardine's own John Graham performs on the Enbridge Youth Stage. For a full page of colour photos from this years Blues Festival, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

SBGHC receives $2.3 million for hospital improvement

Additional announcement for Kincardine hospital expected soon

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government has provided the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) with an exceptional circumstance project grant of $2.3 million to complete upgrades at its four hospitals – primarily in Kincardine.

Women’s House receives funding for crucial building repairs

By Barb McKay

Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey will receive some much-needed repairs after receiving significant funding from the Ontario government.

Community and Social Services Minister Dr. Helena Jaczekwas at the women’s shelter in Kincardine last Wednesday to announce that the province has allocated $125,000 to Women’s House through its Partner Facility Renewal Program. The funds will be used to make repairs to the Women’s House facility’s foundation.

Major Connaught Park sewer project ready to go

By Barb McKay

The municipality is ready to get started with upgrades to the Connaught Park pumping station, trunk sewer and force main.

During its meeting on July 5, Kincardine council agreed to use funds from one of its sewer reserves to cover a budget shortfall for the project. Upgrades are needed to the pumping station and main sewer line in order to accommodate new development, particularly the West Ridge on the Lake subdivision.

The municipality learned recently that it will only receive a portion of the funding it applied for and needed to make up the difference.

“The good news is that we were successful with the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, but were unsuccessful with the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund top-up grant application,” Public Works Director Adam Weishar told council.

Former editor of The Independent releases book

When Eric Howald was editor of The Kincardine Independent, his weekly column on Page 6 was what most readers turned to first.

Eric Howald with his book, available at The Kincardine Independent and Fincher's. (Josh Howald photo)

Municipality seeks grant for Davidson Centre pool accessibility improvements

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will apply for a grant for sorely-needed accessibility improvements to the Davidson Centre pool.

New brewery expected to open by end of the year

By Barb McKay

On any given day there is a flurry of activity inside what will soon become the Grey Matter Beer Company.

Making music

Kenzi Davis, 5, and brother Mason, 2, had a great time trying out musical instruments in the new Rotary Music Park on Huron Terrace beside the fish hatchery last week. (Barb McKay photo)

Stolen property recovered, two charged

Police said a large quantity of stolen property was recovered July 7 when a search warrant was executed at a Victoria St. property in Bruce Twp.

Members of the OPP Community Street Crimes Unit and the South-Bruce OPP executed the warrant, and as a result, recovered all kinds of stolen property.

A 41-year-old Bruce Twp. man was charged with a dozen counts of fraud under $5,000, break and enter and failure to comply with recognizance.

Man caught breaking into legion

A 20-year-old man from Wingham was caught red-handed trying to break into the Royal Canadian Legion in Ripley early last Wednesday morning.

At 3:53 a.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol in the village of Ripley noticed broken glass on the sidewalk outside the Royal Canadian Legion on Jessie St. Upon further investigation, the officer spotted a person inside the building wearing a mask and camouflage clothing. Officers located the suspect hiding in a storage room area of the Legion. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Walkerton OPP detachment.