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.


 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.


 McFadden’s Movement comes home to Kincardine

By Pauline Kerr

Garrett McFadden brought McFadden’s Movement home to Kincardine on Sunday, June 11.

Garrett McFadden with some fans at the Kincadine Library on the weekend. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 

One might ask why the captain of the OHL’s Guelph Storm would be speaking to a group of youngsters, parents and other community members about mental health.

Fortunately, he’s as fearless talking to a group of people in his hometown library as he is on the ice. “A lot of guys think being in the OHL, I’m living the life,” said McFadden. “There’s more to it than free sticks and skates.”


 Body recovered at beach

It is a sad ending to the story of Todd Walker, but it is an ending.

People were sick with unanswered questions ever since the 37-year-old was reported missing at 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday, May 30.

Walker's body was discovered this morning (Friday) at 9:09 a.m. on a Kincardine beach, according to the OPP.

Police said foul play is not suspected and that the investigation is now complete. The OPP didn't specify where on the Lake Huron shoreline his body was found, or by whom.

Walker was last seen near his home at Russell Meadows on Campbell Ave. in Kincardine at 11:45 p.m., May 30. Police acted quickly, but numerous searches failed to locate Walker. Family and friends held their own searches, while the South-Bruce OPP accepted help form the tactical response team, the Underwater Search and Rescue Unit, the South-Bruce OPP Marine Unit, the OPP Aviation Unit, police divers and an OPP helicopter.


Shuffle off to...Tiverton

Marty Gebel of Modern Hipster Antiques shows off a buffalo head Sunday afternoon at the Tiverton Antique Show at the Whitney Crawford Memorial Centre. Gebel si also the co-host of a Cottage Life Network reality series Backroad Bounty. (Josh Howald photo)


 Minimum wage increase seen as a mixed blessing

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the next year has caught small businesses by surprise and is receiving mixed reactions.

The province announced unexpectedly last Tuesday that it would introduce legislation to hike the minimum wage to ensure pay equity between part-time and full-time workers. The plan is to increase bottom end wages to $14 per hour by Jan. 1, 2018, and $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2019.

The move is being applauded by unions and labour organizations across the province, including the Grey Bruce Labour Council.