New gym to open in old Foodland building


By Barb McKay


After sitting vacant for seven months, the former Foodland building will soon have a new tenant.


The building’s owner, Bob Krupp, told The Independent Monday that he has signed a lease agreement for half of the 18,000-square foot building with the owner of a new gym. Cody Owens, owner of Magnum Personal Fitness, will relocate to the Queen Street building from his current Lambton Street space and set up a new, modern 9,000 square foot gym.


Planting the future

Volunteers planted 130 trees at the Bruce Avenue soccer fields in Kincardine on the weekend for National Tree Day. Having fun and doing their part, despite the rain, was Devan Gouthro (left), Andrew Barnes, Ethan Gouthro and Ryan Barnes. (Barb McKay photo)

“Shocking” costs to repair municipal buildings

Consider unloading some of its buildings, suggests deputy mayor


By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s municipally-owned buildings will cost a small fortune to renovate, but council isn’t ready to spend the money yet.


After receiving the results of design feasibility studies and condition reports on the Kincardine Centre for the Arts, the Annex and the Whitney Crawford Community Centre from NA Engineering mayor Larry Kraemer scoffed at the cost estimates and suggested that councillors should tour the facilities themselves.

Deputy mayor Anne Eadie suggested that it is time to consider selling some municipal buildings.


In with the new

Christina Tennyson, 17, was crowned 2012 Tiverton Fall Fair Ambassador by outgoing Ambassador James Rice Friday evening at the Whitney Crawford Community Centre. (Barb McKay photo)

Developers can now buy on-street parking spots

Council makes exemption to its new parking policy the same day it’s passed


By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s core streets could soon get a little busier.


That’s because council decided during last Wednesday’s meeting to amend its parking policy to allow residential developers to make payment in lieu of parking to the municipality if they are unable to provide enough onsite parking for tenants. A policy already exists for commercial parking spaces at a one-time rate of $1,875 per space. Council approved a new payment in lieu of parking rate for multi-residential use at $2,800 per space.


Good boy

Trillium Court's Margaret McDonald visits with Buddy, a St. John Ambulance therapy dog who came to spend some time with residents Thursday. (Barb McKay photo)

Bruce Power’s Unit 1 reactor back online

Unit 2 expected to be producing power in very near future


By Barb McKay


Last Wednesday was a very good day for Bruce Power.


After 15 years of being offline the nuclear power giant’s Unit 1 reactor successfully synchronized with the Ontario electricity grid and is now producing power. Bruce Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne praised his staff, who he said worked incredibly hard to get the unit operational.


Patriots paste lazy ‘Dogs

Boyadjian now 3-0 for Mount Forest

By Josh Howald

It’s been said that when it becomes more difficult to suffer than change, you will change.

Cody Britton, left, dives to beat Mount Forest's Jacob Robb to a losse puck during Friday night Junior C action at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Britton scored once in an 8-3 loss. The Bulldogs are on the road this weekend, with games in Goderich and Walkerton. (Richard Lawson photo)


SIgn of the times

Heather Ditner's sign says it all Monday afternoon. Construction on Highway #21 is causing traffic delays as the area between Kincardine Ave. and Broadway Streets is completed. The grading was to be finished Monday, but with paving still to be done, the project is "far from over." (Josh Howald photo)

Council ponders Princes Court parking problem

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will be addressing its parking policy after a multi-residential building owner asked to pay the municipality to use parking spaces on Princes Street.