Weekend parades

Regardless of who you are, you're invited to be yourself this weekend in Kincardine.

The first ever Pride Parade in midwestern Ontario is set for this Saturday morning, June 24 and the first march of the season for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band will go Saturday night.

The Pride Parade will start at 11 a.m. from Connaught Park in Kincardine and walk to Victoria Park at the south end of the downtown.

The inaugural event aims to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, two-spirited people (LGBTQ) and their supporters, allies and advocates through activities which promote and support awareness, inclusiveness and equality of diverse gender identities in the Municipality of Kincardine.

The Kincardine Scottish, meanwhile, will begin at 8 p.m. from Victoria Park and march to Quinn Plaza and back before performing a mini-concert in Victoria Park. This is the 69th season for Kincardine's Saturday night marches.

 Huron-Kinloss council looks at impact of proposed provincial legislation

By Pauline Kerr

Huron-Kinloss council had the opportunity to look at and discuss changes coming from the province regarding planning.

Matt Farrell, chief building official for the municipality, presented a report that outlines the proposed changes and their impact.

The report stated that Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 received first reading on May 31 and proposes major changes to both the Planning Act and Conservation Authorities Act. The legislation is still in its early stages.

Farrell’s report indicated the proposed changes, if implemented, would give more control to municipalities. One area where this would have a profound impact would be replacing the Ontario Municipal Board with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, to provide faster and more affordable hearings.

Firefighters fight dirt

Members of the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department held a charity car wash on Saturday at the municipal fire hall in Kincardine. The proceeds from the car wash were donated to the Kincardine Trails Association. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 Council votes to foster youth entrepreneurship

By Pauline Kerr

Although some members of council weren’t too sure why a special resolution to waive business licensing fees for youth is needed, the council of the Municipality of Kincardine voted in favour of a motion to do so.

Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Faubert gave a notice of motion at the previous council meeting. Wednesday night, June 14, the motion, “that municipal business licensing fees for licences such as refreshment vehicle, seasonal mobile water sport equipment rental, taxi, hawkers and peddlers be reduced for youth aged 10 to 19 years….” was discussed and finally passed.

Faubert told council it had come to her attention through her work with youth that half the summer’s profits could be eaten up by licence fees.

 Fatal crash east of Dungannon

A 76-year-old from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh was killed in a single vehicle crash last week east of Dungannon.

Last Tuesday, shortly after 7 p.m., Huron County OPP officers, Huron County paramedics and the North Huron Fire Department responded to the crash scene on St. Augustine Line, just north of Dungannon Road.

Investigators determined the driver was heading south on St. Augustine Line when he lost control of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck and left the gravel road and rolled into the east ditch. The vehicle came to rest on the driver's side.

The driver was ejected when the vehicle rolled. William Showers was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination was scheduled to take place. Investigators from the West Region OPP Technical Collision Investigation Team responded to the scene to assist with the collision investigation.

Hangin' around

Hilary Newkirk of Mistras Services Inc. provides a high angle rope demonstration during the Lake Huron Learnign Collaborative open house recently. Mistras has an office at the Municipal administration centre but its training facility is located in Burlington. The company provides services where rope access is required, including wind turbines, dams, bridges and high buildings. (Barb McKay photo)

 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)