Sled, ATV stolen in Kincardine Twp.

Police have already recovered one vehicle stolen from a weekend break-in in Kincardine Twp., but are searching for an ATV, as well as for those responsible.

Police received a report of an overnight break, enter and theft from a residence in the 2800 block of Sideroad 10 in Kincardine Twp. Sometime between 9 p.m. on Saturday night and 8 a.m. Sunday morning, the garage was forcibly entered through a side door. A quantity of fuel and two motorized vehicles were taken.


PSWs awarded contract

A neutral arbitrator issued a new contract on Jan. 8 for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) working for the Red Cross. The PSWs had voted down a tentative agreement in November and went on strike Dec. 11. Both SEIU Healthcare and Red Cross/Red Cross Care Partners agreed to interest arbitration to end the winter strike.

 

“It’s an improvement over the previous tentative agreement and proves that when we stand together, we can put pressure on employers and government for change,” says Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare which represents the 4,500 caregivers that were on strike in Ontario.

 


Novices strike Silver

Double OT title win caps 27th annual Silver Stick

By Josh Howald

It was a moment these youngsters will never forget, and easily the highlight of the 27th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament.

Quinton Page is all smiles after scoring in double overtime of the novice B final at the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament. A disappointed BCH team got something to smile about a short time later, however, when they were also invited to the International Silver Stick later this month. (Josh Howald photo)


Natural gas project could go ahead this year

By Barb McKay

 

The natural gas committee may soon determine the best option to carry out the project to bring the service to the region.

 

In December, Kincardine council agreed to form a municipal services corporation with Huron-Kinloss Township and Arran-Elderslie Township, the two other municipalities participating in the project. On Friday, Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer said the project is ready to be taken further.

 


Stormy weather leads to road closures, cancellations

Up to date road closures

Kincardine and the surrounding area were walloped by heavy snowfalls and blowing snow Monday, which closed roads and extended school holidays for children.

 

 

A look at an already snowy downtown Kincardine Monday morning, prior to the storm's arrival. (Barb McKay photo)

 

 


Cops pop Paisley thieves

Police wasted no time busting those responsible for a theft from a Paisley pop machine last week.

Five people, all from Hamilton and all known to police, were arrested shortly after the theft occurred.

South-Bruce OPP officers stopped a vehicle at 2:27 a.m. on Dec. 28 on Bruce County Road 3 in the Municipality of Brockton. Officers observed various break and enter instruments inside the suspect vehicle, a Dodge Caravan carrying five occupants. Further investigation revealed a back pack containing a large quantity of coins in the vehicle, as well as black ski masks, gloves, black jackets and sweat shirts, flash lights, screw drivers, pry bars and hammers.


Nice ice

A cold winter evening was well spent at the outdoor ice surface at Harbour Church in Kincardine, which can be seen in the background. Out playing shiny during the holidays were Matt Baker, Carter Strachan, Andreas Derksen, Morgan Baker, Maddie Duncan and Marcel Fohkens. (Josh Howald photo)


Snowy owls plentiful this year

Christmas bird count results

The 30th annual Kincardine Christmas Bird Count found 52 species in the area and a total count of 8,732 birds.

Snowy owls have shown up in the Great Lakes basin this season and eight were found in this area the day of count, Thursday, Dec. 19. That’s only one fewer than the record high count of nine.

A good place to look for Snowy Owls is on thee hydro poles and fence posts on the 10th of Huron.

There was a foot of snow on the ground the 19th, making it hard for birds to find food. Water birds were huddled in the few spots where there was unfrozen water. Pack ice was solid on the lake shore which made it difficult to identify birds on the distant open water, even with high powered scopes.


Grand Prix de Kincardine set for Jan. 25 and 26

By Barb McKay

 

Plans are well underway for this year’s Grand Prix de Kincardine snowmobile races and organizers are cautiously optimistic that weather conditions will be optimal.

 

Registration is open for the sixth annual event, which draws snowmobile enthusiasts from throughout the province. The two-day event will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at the Williamson property at 182 Main St. in Tiverton.

 

With below zero temperatures and more than two feet of snow on the ground, organizer Rob Noakes is hopeful that nothing changes in the days leading up to the races.

 


Snow problems

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A little taste of winter can't prevent our staff from giving you the best local news and sports each and every week, regardless of the weather.

That said, the weather has certainly had an impact locally. All schools remained closed today, and numerous events have been cancelled or postponed. As of Tuesday at 3 p.m., every highway and major road in Bruce County remained closed. The South-Bruce OPP advised people unless absolutely necessary, as visibility is poor, even in downtown Kincardine.

Stay warm and stay safe!