Not a drive-in theatre

A 27-year-old man was charged with a tire safety violation after his vehicle crashed into the Aztec theatre in Kincardine.

Just before 1 p.m. Dec. 23, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Durham and Queen Streets. Upon arrival, officers found a blue Dodge had been driving west on Durham when the vehicle left the roadway, striking a hydro pole and the theatre.

Nobody was injured in the crash, which was blamed on faulty tires.

In other police news, a 17-year-old was charged with underage drinking when an officer on patrol stopped a pick-up truck along Huron Street in Ripley. The passenger was found with open alcohol, and was subsequently charged. A quantity of alcohol was also seized.

Grand Prix de Kincardine cancelled this weekend

To run in Tiverton on Jan. 21 and 22

The annual Grand Prix de Kincardine snowmobile race has been cancelled this weekend due to a lack of snow.


Organizer Rob Noakes announced in an email to The Independent last week that the popular snowmobile race, the first of the 2012 season, will not run at Family Funland on Jan. 7 and 8.


“The 14-day forecast has no real appreciable snow events in it, but even worse, it has above freezing temperatures and rain in the forecast, along with bits of snow,” he said in the email.


Reindeer ready

Stacy Gibson, left, Connor Rossen and Madison Forster of Ripley's Junior Kindergarten Day B class adjust their antlers as they get ready for showtime at the Ripley School's Christmas Concert Thursday. (Josh Howald photo)

Municipality to spend $138,000 to fix med clinic moisture problem

Kraemer calls it a kick in the teeth

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will have to shell out more money on the Kincardine Community Medical Clinic to replace flooring in the basement because of a chronic moisture problem.


In a report to Kincardine council last Wednesday, building and planning manager Michele Barr said it will cost $138,000 to tear out the current vinyl flooring and replace it with porcelain tile and breathable grout.

The figure also includes funds to undercut lower level doors, if necessary, a 10 per cent contingency fund and $5,000 for fees to Parkin Architects.


Woman, baby hit by truck

A woman and child were treated with minor injuries last week after being hit by a pick-up truck on Durham Street in Kincardine.


The South-Bruce OPP received a call about the incident at 7:43 p.m. last Wednesday evening (Dec. 14).


Upon arriving on the scene, they learned a red GMC pick-up truck had struck a pedestrian pushing a baby stroller. Both the woman and baby were transported to hospital by ambulance and treated for non-life threatening injuries.


The driver of the pick-up, a 48-year-old Huron-Kinloss man, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Waiting for a trransplant

Julie Farrell with the hemodialysis machine and accompanying supplies and equipment she must use on a near daily basis. She spoke to the Independent's Barb McKay this week about the physical and financial strain of waiting for a kidney transplant. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Arts Centre interior needs extensive work to make it safe and presentable, say tenants

By Barb McKay


The interior of the Kincardine Centre for the Arts is not only embarrassing, it’s dangerous, according to tenants.


Marilyn Clarke, of the Bluewater Summer Playhouse, and Bonnie Bryan, of the Kincardine Theatre Guild, appealed to Kincardine council last Wednesday to fund improvements to the interior of the historical arts centre. Renovations to the exterior of the building were just completed, at a cost of roughly $1 million (with the provincial and federal governments providing two-thirds funding).


Deer blamed in break-in

Police have fingered a deer in a Paisley break and enter case.


Last Wednesday night, the South-Bruce OPP received a call regarding a break and enter at the MacNamara Gallery along Queen Street North, Paisley.


Officers arrived on the scene to find two broken windows at the Gallery. They also found deer hair attached to the glass. Eyewitnesses then reported seeing a deer stroll through the downtown area, and police were able to connect the dots.


The owners reported nothing missing from the Gallery.


The deer remains at large.

Kincardine Silver Stick turns 25

Tournament opens next Tuesday

For the 25th consecutive year, Kincardine will be flooded with minor hockey players and parents between Christmas and the New Year.


The annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick kicks off Tuesday (Dec. 27) at three local arenas.


“We have 48 teams again this year,” said convenor Lyle Brock. “It has a huge economic impact on the area, but to be honest, it’s really all about the kids and making sure everyone has a good time.”


Another winner!

Derrick Bernath is the third winner in The Kincardine Independent's NHl Hockey Pool. Bernath won two tickets to see the Owen Sound Attack in Owen Sound, as well as a $10 gift certificate to Kincardine Crabby Joe's.Presenting Bernath with the prizes is sports editor Josh Howald. (Eric Howald photo)