The choice to host a high level DGR would be community’s, not council’s, says H-K mayor

By Barb McKay

 

Huron-Kinloss council is moving ahead with plans to learn more about what would be involved in hosting a high level nuclear waste facility.

 

But the township wouldn’t store spent fuel unless it’s something that residents want to do, said mayor Mitch Twolan.

 

“Whether Huron-Kinloss ever gets to host this, it’s so far down the road, but we’re going through the process so that the public has input,” he told The Independent last week.  “This is very transparent.”

 


Happy Robbie Burns!

Saturday night's Robbie Burns celebration at the Kincardine Legion Branch #183 was another sell-out this year. Dressed for the occasion are Margaret and Alex Clark. (Josh Howald photo)


OFA calls for moratorium on wind turbine developments

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is calling on the province to halt further wind energy developments until the concerns of farmers and rural residents are addressed.

 

The OFA, Ontario’s largest general farm organization, representing 37,000 Ontario farms, released a position statement on industrial wind turbine development, saying that issues concerning the price paid for wind power to lease holders, the inefficiency of wind power, setbacks, health impacts and the removal of municipal input from industrial wind energy projects have not been addressed.

 


Shall we go south?

Ice was beginning to form on the Penetangore River Sunday morning, but these ducks found some open water Sunday morning. (Eric Howald photo)


Walker House society in loan negotiations with municipality

Society needs to lower payments in order to keep operating

By Barb McKay

 

The Paddy Walker Heritage Society needs to extend its loan repayment deadline to the municipality in order to keep the Walker House doors open, according to heritage society volunteers.

 

The Paddy Walker Heritage Society was granted a loan of $100,000 by the Municipality of Kincardine in 2007 to restore Kincardine’s oldest standing building following a devastating fire that nearly destroyed the building in 1995. The agreement stated that the heritage society would make annual payments of $5,000 and a lump sum payment of $25,000 in 2022 to repay the loan.

 


19-year streak snapped

Huron Heights boys, Ripley girls volleyball champs

By Josh Howald

For the first time in almost two decades, the Ripley Huron Community School boys volleyball team did not win the last game of the day.

Jeremy Lange lof Ripley leaps for a kill in the Southwest Region championship volleyball game Thursday at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

While the Ripley girls cruised to another Southwest Regional volleyball championship, the boys were stunned by Huron Heights Public School in straight sets in the title match.

The HHPS win ended a reported 19 consecutive elementary school championships for Ripley.


North America’s second best

Novices edged out in Silver Stick Final

By Josh Howald

Kincardine was, oh, so close to another International Silver Stick championship.

Jordan Moulton dangles a Twin Centres player in St. Clair Shores on the weekend at the International Silver Stick. Moulton notched his 100th point of the season on an empty net goal in the semi-final to clinch a berth in Sunday's championship. (Richard Lawson photo)

One week after the Miller Insurance midgets came home with a Silver Stick, the Home Hardware novices were edged out in the Silver Stick Final in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.


School slopes

Gabriella Graham, 6, and Marcedes Demintromes, 4, found some snow at Elgin Market Public School during recess Monday morning. It has been a less than ideal winter for tobogganing, but great for Kincardine's snow removal budget. (Barb McKay photo)


No snow means more dough

Municipality saves $120,000 on snow plowing in first part of season

By Barb McKay

 

Warmer temperatures this season and a lack of snow have allowed the municipality to save a bundle on snow removal, so far.

 

Kincardine’s public works manager, Jim O’Rourke, said between November 2011 and January 2012 the municipality spent $120,000 less on employee overtime and sand and salt supplies than during the same time period in 2010/2011 for snow removal. He said the town sets its annual budget for snow removal based on a five-year average. This year the municipality budgeted $511,000. Funds that aren’t used are placed in reserve funds.

 

“So far we’re looking good, but that could change tomorrow,” said O’Rourke.


Oh deer - eight collisions

The South Bruce OPP is cautioning drivers to be on the lookout for deer after eight collisions involving deer were reported in the region this month.

 

According to a police report, South Bruce OPP officers responded to the collisions between Jan. 5 and 12.

 

Drivers should be particularly alert in the evening and early morning hours, because these are the highest risk times for collisions involving deer. Police are warning drivers to use caution and slow down in areas with signs posted indicating high deer populations. Always wear a seatbelt and use high beam headlights at night when there is no oncoming traffic.

 

Police need to be contacted in incidents where injuries have occurred or there is significant vehicle damage.