Cali Dennis, 4, visits with the sheep at the live Nativity at Kincardine's Hometown Christmas Friday evening. Mild temperatures drew hundreds of people downtown to shop, visit Santa and enjoy horse drawn wagon rides. (Barb McKay photo)

Light up our lives!

Kincardine hopes new LED streetlights will brighten financial future

By Barb McKay


Kincardine streetscapes may soon be seen in a whole new light.


The municipality is considering a proposal to switch over all of its streetlights to new energy efficient LED streetlights. Jeff Barten, of Local Authority Services (LAS), and Kerry Wilson, of RealTerm Energy, attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to discuss the benefits of converting the streetlights. LAS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and is working with municipalities to reduce electricity costs and improve energy efficiency.


Stealing from us all

Kincardine area criminals have sunk to a new low.

Police are investigating the theft of a charitable donation box from the counter of The Beer Store. The theft was reported just before 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. South-Bruce OPP officers determined the box was taken between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The cost to the charity of the lost donations, and box replacement, was unknown.

Police request anybody with information call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous, 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web tip to where you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Community gearing up to support families in need in time for Christmas

By Barb McKay


With just five weeks until Christmas, community groups are ramping up efforts to bring holiday cheer to those less fortunate.


Nancy Dawson, co-coordinator of the Kincardine food bank, told The Independent last week that supplies and donations are coming in and more are expected to ensure that families are able to put food on their tables heading into the winter months.


“The community is so generous,” she said. “It’s been really good.”


Arrest in Highway 9 break-in

A 28-year-old man is facing charges after being caught red-handed at the scene of a Highway 9 robbery last week.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a break-in at a residence in the 2300 block of Highway 9 in Brant Twp. on Nov. 11 at 3:19 p.m. Officers arrived, and discovered the accused still at the scene. A Kitchener man was arrested and charged with break and enter, as well as mischief under $5,000. He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for the following day, Nov. 12.

Police did recover some of the stolen property from the accused.

KTG’s Oliver, the musical is simply sensational

 By Barb McKay

The Kincardine Theatre Guild has hit a home run with Oliver. The production is easily one of the best musicals the company has ever produced.

Fagin (John Low) sings to Oliver, played by John Graham at the KTG Dress Rehearsal of Oliver, the musical. Both gave standout performances in this extremely well done KTG musical. (Josh Howald photo)

Right from the get-go, when the ensemble takes the stage with a rousing rendition of Food, Glorious Food, it is clear that director Shirley Bieman has worked her magic. The singing is superb, the choreography is professional and the acting efforts, particularly by some of the younger cast members, are remarkable.

Kincardine public works making case for staff increase

By Barb McKay


The development of a new leachate treatment facility means public works needs to boost its staffing level, according to the department’s director.


Gagan Sandhu presented a report to Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday, to try and make a case for a water and waste water operator. He said Kincardine has five operators and one manager to look after the operation, maintenance and regulatory compliance of 10 treatment facilities, six distribution systems and four collections systems.


There was some skepticism around the council table, however.


New recruits

Carter Frook spent Saturday at the Kincardine fire hall after winning The Independent's firefighter for a day contest. Frook brought along brother Cohen, left, and his buddies to enjoy some time with local firefighters. The children got a tour of the hall, used the fire hose, receieved fire extinguisher training and wrapped up with a tour of town in a fire truck. Front, right, is Jacob Wencel, 7, middle, Thomas Ostrowski, 8. Back, left, Caleb McCabe, 7, and Josh Flood, 7. Missing from the photo is Ethan Kirk, 7. (Barb McKay photo)

Unlicenced driver leaves car unattended

Not all lessons come in classrooms. Some are learned at the local convenience store.

A South-Bruce OPP officer was patrolling Queen Street in Kincardine last Monday night, and noticed an unattended vehicle that had been left running. It was parked near the Hi-Way Variety convenience store on the south end of Queen. The officer waited for the driver to return, and then discovered the validation was expired.

A Kincardine woman, 20, was charged with failure to surrender a driver’s licence and driving without current validation.

Huron-Kinloss awarded Ontario marketing award

By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss’ Ice Cream Trail campaign has honoured with the 2013 Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation award for advertising under $25,000.


The township received the prestigious award during a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, beating out Kincardine’s Trust Us It’s Big campaign and Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival.


Huron-Kinloss’ economic development officer, Taralyn Martin, who founded the Ice Cream Trail campaign, said she and other township staff are excited by the honour.