Getting in the Christmas Spirit

Knights come collecting this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Knights will come knocking on Saturday.

The Christmas Knights annual food and toy drive program will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

“It’s a really good cause, and a great way to capture that Christmas spirit,” said high school student Amy Nagus, one of three students who helped organize this year’s drive for Kincardine Community Services.

This will be the 14th year for the campaign, and little has changed. Volunteer drivers and KDSS students travel door-to-door in groups to collect food and toy donations from the public. The donations are used to produce Christmas Hampers for those in need.

Nice pipes

The Kincardine Community Singers celebrate "Gloria" this Saturday and SUnday at Knox Presbyterian Church. Above, the male contingent belts out a tune at last week's dress rehearsal. Both weekend shows begin at 8 p.m. (Josh Howald photo)

Get active in your community, says Bruce Power CEO

Duncan Hawthorne speaks at Chamber AGM

By Barb McKay


Successful business owners must immerse themselves in their community, according to Kincardine’s largest employer.


Bruce Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne was the guest speaker at the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting, held last Wednesday evening at the Kincardine Legion.


Hawthorne said after 10 years in Kincardine, Bruce Power is here to stay and although the Bruce A Restart project is near completion, Hawthorne has no plans to find the exit either.


SBGHC chair addresses doc complaints

By Barb McKay


Options are being looked at to improve access to the Kincardine hospital, said the chair of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre board of directors.


Don Bushell responded to questions last week from The Independent in regards to a letter from 12 Kincardine doctors demanding that the board address problems with the Kincardine hospital’s access gate and with pre-cooked meals served to hospital patients.


“We have discussed it at the executive level and the board level,” Bushell said. “We are looking at alternatives for the gate to make it more accessible.”


Santa visits Kincardine

Ho, ho, hello!

Santa braved the rain to visit the boys and girls of Kincardine Saturday evening to wrap up the Christmas Parade. (Josh Howald photo)

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.”