High school student killed in crash

By Josh Howald

Kincardine District Secondary School lost a member of the family last week.

Students and staff are mourning the death of 18-year-old Jessica Pool, killed in a two-vehicle crash in Huron Twp. last Tuesday, Nov. 22.

“We’re shocked, and extremely saddened,” said Randall DeKraker, principal at KDSS. “Our hearts go out to her family, as well as her close friends. Thankfully, we have been able to help and support each other, and I’m proud of the way the students and staff have come together to deal with this tragedy.”

Kincardine vying for Giant Tiger store downtown

By Barb McKay


Downtown Kincardine could become home to a Giant Tiger store.


The Kincardine BIA has met officials from the Canadian bargain store chain to make a case for bringing a franchise to Kincardine. The plan would be to locate the store in the Queen Street building that currently houses Foodland.



Hayden Snell, 2, of Kincardine, races down a slide at Lions Park on Friday, which was an unseasonably warm day. (Barb McKay photo)

Bruce Power Restart project on track for 2012 completion

Nuclear plant will be the largest in the world with Units 1 and 2 back online

By Barb McKay


Bruce Power’s Units 1 and 2 reactors are expecting to be up and running and connected to the grid next year, marking the first time ever that a CANDU reactor refurbishment project has been completed.


Bruce Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne announced last week that 5,760 fuel bundles are being loaded into 460 fuel channels of the Unit 1 reactor, following approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.


He said the fuel load is on track to be completed in mid-December.


Paul Davies to retire as head of SBGHC

By Barb McKay


After nine years as head of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Paul Davies is retiring.


Davies will leave his position as president and CEO of the health centre March 31, 2012.


“I’ll be 60 and it’s a good time for the health centre, in that it’s in good financial shape,” Davies said. “It’s one of those things where when it’s time, you know.”


Second straight Silver Stick title

Midgets qualify for International tournament

By Josh Howald

The Miller Insurance Kincardine midgets claimed a second consecutive Silver Stick crown Sunday afternoon in Wingham.

Just like last year, Kincardine defeated Tavistock in the championship game to win the 26th annual Wingham Regional Silver Stick tournament.

“Tavistock was a good team, and we knew it was going to be tight,” said head coach Steve Stepaniak. “We worked hard, and had different players step up at the right times throughout this tournament.”

Goodbye, Ward 1 landfill

A compost fire at the Ward 1 landfill Saturday afternoon filled most of Kincardine with thick smoke. Here, municipal fire crews work to extinguish the blaze, which likely began when strong winds ignited ashes left in somebody's compost. Monday was the last day of official operation for the landfill, with the Armow dump opening for Municipal residents today (Wednesday). (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine groups push for splash pad

By Barb McKay


If the Kincardine Lions Club and more than 400 Facebook members get their way, Kincardine will have a splash pad.


The splash pad is just one item on a wish list for an expansion project at Lions Park on Durham Street.


Kincardine’s trail system to connect lakeside communities

Trail expansions to be considered under 2012 budget

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s trail systems are set to expand.


Brad Kirkconnell of the Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) came to council last Wednesday to ask for support in moving ahead with bridge and trail projects that have been sitting in a queue for the past several years.


Fire house roof leak reveals flaw in municipal funding process

By Barb McKay


A request to fix a leaky roof at the old Queen Street fire hall, at the rear of the Arts Centre, turned into a debacle at a Kincardine council meeting last week.


Councillor Ken Craig told council at the end of the meeting that a leak in the roof is allowing water to flow into the fire hall and pool on the floor, where firefighters often use electrical equipment. He said it would cost somewhere between $3,000 to $5,000 to patch the roof or as much as $30,000 for a full repair. Craig said the item should be given funding approval during pre-budget discussions next month.