Kinetic Knights preparing for world championships

The Kinetic Knights - Team 781 are gearing up for the world championship match of the FIRST robotics competition in St. Louis, Missouri, April 24-26.

 

The Knights attended three regional competitions in Oshawa, Waterloo and Windsor to qualify for its fourth consecutive visit to the championships. In Oshawa, the team made it to the quarterfinals but won two awards, the Dean’s List Finalist award for Darby Watterworth, and the prestigious Chairman’s Award. It was another tough loss in the quarterfinals in Waterloo, but the team also picked the Entrepreneurship Award and one for Industrial Safety.  With a close loss in the quarterfinals in Windsor, the team added the Judges’ Award as well as special mention in the Robot Selfie competition.

 


Ropp wins Kincardine Independent pool, $500

Matt Ropp is the Kincardine area's resident NHL hockey expert.

Either that, or he was having a lucky day when he filled in his entry for the third annual Kincardine Independent NHL Hockey Pool. Either way, he is $500 richer.

Ropp grabbed the lead in January, right after the NHL took its two-week hiatus for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He never again relinquished the lead, leading until the NHL regular season ended last week. He finished with 1,370 points, which was 47 more points ahead of Tanya Jones, our second place finisher. Jones wins a prize of $250, while Doug Holtby gets $100 for finishing third overall. Holtby was only six points behind Jones.


Bantam girls honoured with parade

If you heard the sirens last Saturday, you can rest easy there was no major emergency.

The Lakeside Chevrolet bantam girls cruise through downtown Kincardine last Saturday, celebrating an OWHA title. (submitted photo)

It was, in fact, a celebration to honour the Lakeside Chevrolet bantam C girls hockey team. The team was honured with a parade, accompanied by an ambulance provided by Bruce County EMS, a vintage fire truck and a modern pumper truck provided by the Kincardine Fire Department.


Floody Roads

Some wild, windy, warm and wet weather wreaked havoc around Bruce County Sunday. Point Clark residents had power knocked out Saturday night, while flood warnings were issued for all of Bruce and Grey Countils on Sunday and Monday. Walkerton, perhaps, was hit harder than any other town. Numerous homes were flooded, five streets had to be closed and the fast-moving water was up almost flush with the bottom of the hill by Lobies Park.


Kincardine council divided over support of new Bell tower

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine council is not supporting the construction of a new Bell tower on the Kincardine Legion property.

 

Representatives from the Legion and Bell Mobility came to last Wednesday’s council meeting looking for concurrence for the installation of a wireless telecommunications tower on the Lambton Street property.


Announcements coming on natural gas project

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine is taking another step forward in its effort to bring natural gas to the region.

 

Following a closed session meeting last Wednesday, Kincardine council passed a motion to direct staff to work in conjunction with consultants on phase one of the natural gas project, which will include finalizing and approving a memorandum of agreement with the Township of Huron-Kinloss and Municipality of Arran-Elderslie. The municipalities will also conclude the feasibility and business case studies.

 


Council considers how to replace Coristine

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine council will decide tonight how it wants to fill the seat left vacant by Ron Coristine.

 

Coristine resigned from council on April 2 after taking on the position of executive director for the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC). The Municipal Act requires municipalities to fill vacancies within 60 days. Coristine’s seat was officially declared vacant last Wednesday.

 


Cook with class

John Adams, prep chef at the Bruce Steakhouse, explained some basics and walked students through a meal Friday at Kincardine District Secondary Schoool. He conducted the first session of the Kincardine Community Cooking CLub, which you're invited to join. Check them out here on facebook, or for the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.  (Josh Howald photo)


Flatbed missing

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a stolen flatbed trailer at 10:43 a.m. on April 11.

The trailer had been stolen from Stolz Sales and Service in the 1400 block of Highway 9, Carrick Twp. It was taken sometime between April 4 at noon and April 9 at noon. It is described as a silver 2013 Vnel trailer, double axle, galvanized steel with the licence plate #K26212Z and the VIN#2V9US124ODC011743.

The value of the trailer is estimated to more than $3,500.

If you have any information that could assist police, call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Westario to upgrade distribution system in Kincardine

 Westario Power has planned a six-month line construction project in parts of Kincardine to improve the safety and reliability of its distribution system.

 

The utility company announced last week that work will be carried out between April and October along Broadway Street, Huron Terrace, Adelaide, Durham, Queen, Lambton, William and South streets. The work will be done by third party contractors.