Plenty to do on Canada Day

By Josh Howald

You have to go all-out for a 150th birthday party.

There will be no shortage of things to see and do in Kincardine on Canada Day, this Saturday.

It starts at the hospital hill with hockey legend Paul Henderson and ends with a bang - actually with several bangs - with a Canada Day 150 spectacular fireworks display over Lake Huron.

And there are plenty of fun activities planned for people of all ages in between.

Paul Henderson, who scored the game-winning goal for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union, will be Kincardine's special guest for Canada Day. He will be honoured with a plaque dedication at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Kincardine hospital hill.


Bus, car collide

This car and the bus seen in the background collided at the intersection of Highway 21 and Kincardine Ave. last Wednesday morning. Minor injuires were reported at the scene, said police. (Josh Howald photo)


 Municipality wins provincial award for waste treatment

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine has been recognized by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for its new leachate treatment facility.

AMO has selected Kincardine as this year’s recipient of the Gas Tax Innovation Award for municipalities with a population of less than 15,000. The municipality decided in 2013 to build a leachate treatment facility at its waste management centre to deal with leachate – the water that comes in contact with landfill waste. Leachate had previously been trucked to the municipality’s wastewater treatment plant.


 $15,000 scam in Kincardine

A Municipality of Kincardine resident is out $15,000 after falling victim to a telephone scam on June 19.

At 9:36 a.m. last Monday, the South-Bruce OPP were told of the scam. A "Visa security call" was received to report credit card transaction concerns, and the ensuing "investigation" resulted in a significant financial loss - to the tune of $15,000.

Modern, tech-savvy scammers have the ability to create very convincing scams. They won't hesitate to use the name of a legitimate company in an effort to gain your trust and trick you into paying them.

Police remind people to always be cautious with unsolicited emails, phone calls, letters or visits to your door. Be certain who you are dealing with before considering sending money or sharing personal information.

To learn more about fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit them online at www.antifraudcentre.ca.


 7th annual McLelland Memorial set for Sunday

By Josh Howald

The seventh annual Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic is set for this Sunday, July 2, at Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Greg Stepaniak singles up the middle Sunday against London Area. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Classic has taken on a variety of different formats over the years. This year's event will be a mini-tournament featuring some top notch opposition. Greg Stepaniak said that Sunday's action could feature some of the best baseball ever played at Connaught Park.

"There's a ton of work going into the Classic this year," said Stepaniak on Monday.


 Kincardine to light up Bruce Avenue soccer field

By Barb McKay

After 10 years of asking and waiting, Kincardine’s soccer clubs’ wish for lighting at the Bruce Avenue soccer fields will finally be granted.

The Kincardine Adult Soccer association and Kincardine Minor Soccer have been vying for improvements to the fields since 2008. Minor soccer would like to see a canteen and washrooms constructed at the fields while the adult league has been asking for lighting to be installed to allow for later games, but neither request has found its way into the municipal budget.


 Henderson comes home Saturday

By Josh Howald

He scored the most iconic goal in Canadian history, and Kincardine is happy to welcome him home for Canada Day.

Paul Henderson was born Jan. 28, 1943 in a horse-drawn sleigh on the Kincardine Hospital hill. This Saturday morning, he will be honoured with a special plaque dedication from the Kincardine Canada Day Committee. The plaque, noting his birthplace, will be placed at the bottom of the hill on Queen St. and will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. Henderson and his family will be paraded to the site in a carriage pulled by Mike Geddes' Clydsdale horses, more or less retracing the route travelled the day of his birth.


Beware of bears

Fiona Johnston, 3, chose the perfect disguise for the Teddy Bear Parade Saturday morning in Kincardine. (Pauline Kerr photo)


 Council gives temporary reprieve to Bluewater Summer Playhouse

By Pauline Kerr

Bluewater Summer Playhouse is behind in its rent, and council is in the awkward position of having to do something about it.

Council expressed some flexibility, opting to give the board of Bluewater Summer Playhouse a bit of breathing space over the summer to look at fundraising and other possibilities, and to make some difficult decisions.

However, there’ll be no grants to cover the rent, and no forgiveness of the arrears that have been accumulating.


 Remembering loved ones with living memorial

By Pauline Kerr

The Tiverton Lions unveiled a plaque marking the planting of 18 trees in memory of 21 members of the community during Sunday’s Walk of Memories tree dedication ceremony.

The Walk of Memories offers families a special way to remember their loved ones with a beautiful, living memorial that will continue growing for years to come. This year’s ceremony honoured Davina Shafir, Sean L. Smith, Wilbert “Wib” Shewfelt, Fritz W. Larsen, Donald John Pettigrew, C. Mike Palmer, John Lenard Kempers, Muriel Gowanlock, Stuart and Irene Bradley, Frances Louise Argalis, Rylla Stewart, Bill Wittig, Catharine Ann Todd, G. Howard Ribey, George and James Hendry, Floyd Steen, Betty Estrick, and Robert “Bob” and Ida Bonnett.