Nice boots!

Linley Kelley, 22 months, isn't sure if she wants to share her doll with pal Blaire Holtby, 22 months, during a warm-up for the Hike for Hospice at the Davidson Centre track on Sunday. About 20 people took part in the walk, held for the first time in Kincardine to raise funds and awareness for the Residential Hospice in Owen Sound. The hospice provides palliative care for residents in Bruce and Grey Counties. (Barb McKay photo)

Floating in from Illinois

Balloon message shows up in town

By Barb McKay


There is a mystery waiting to be solved on Boiler Beach.



Dave and Linda Hodgins hold a message that was found in a balloon on Boiler Beach. The balloon made its way from Lake Forest, Illinois, and was found by Linda's sister Deb Richardson and husband Gerry when they were strolling on the beach. (Barb McKay photo)



Ontarians to go to the polls June 12

By Barb McKay


Premier Kathleen Wynne’s office announced Friday that a general election will be held on June 12.


The announcement came just hours after Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath stated that she would not support the proposed 2014 provincial budget. Wynne met with Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley, who accepted her recommendation to dissolve Parliament. The Writs for the general election are expected to be signed today (May 7).


Cops to collect meds on Saturday

Police want you to bring them your old drugs Saturday.


The South-Bruce OPP is encouraging residents to purge their medicine cabinets of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Prescription Drug drop-off day was developed as a safety initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old prescriptions in a secure, environmentally friendly manner.


Tiny dancers

Pre-ballet students rehearsed Saturday for the Grace Dance Academy recital taking place this weekend at Kincardine District Secondary School. The recital will run May 9 at 7 p.m., and May 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. From left are Adalee Turland, Sophia Booth, Stormy Gervais, Saige Wise, Sophie Marcotte, Caitlin Brijlall and Emily Goetz. (Barb McKay photo)

Marriott developers working to attract retailers, restaurants to business park

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s business park could be greatly expanded in the next few years.


Work has begun on a new TownPlace Suites Marriott on Millennium Way behind Sobeys. The hotel is expected to be open by late spring 2015 with 84 guest rooms and suites on five floors and will feature a saltwater swimming pool and indoor golf simulator. A 6,500-square-foot conference centre will connect to the hotel.


Multi-Cultural celebration on May 13

Come celebrate the wonders and richness of our diverse world at the Multi-Cultural Celebration to be held Tuesday, May 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.

Community support for this event grows every year and attracts hundreds of people. Booths will be set up to represent dozens of countries and cultures with displays featuring maps, pictures, decorations and food. There will also be music and dances from different cultures along with a robotic show, a kids program and cultural programs for children and adults.

Not so fast

Seventeen students from St. Anthony's School held a fast recently to raise funds for development and peace projects. THe students raised a total of $565. Grade 5 students Sydney Thompson, right, and Isabella Baglole helped prepare a meal following the fast. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine girl wins national advertising competition

By Barb McKay

Kincardine native and Ryerson student Kate French beat out hundreds of other university students to win a high profile advertising competition.


French and her teammate Alexander Dias competed with 251 teams from 38 universities across the country to be named Canada’s Next Top Ad Execs. The national advertising and marketing competition is sponsored by McMaster University’s DeGroot School of Business.


Oh Deere....

Home and Garden Show draws a crowd

Benjamin Smith, 16 months, checks out one of the tractors being displayed by Huron Tractor at the Kincardine Home and Garden Show over the weekend. Organized by the Kincardine Skating Club, the event ran both Saturday and Sunday. (Josh Howald photo)