Fundraiser being held for new Davidson Centre pool ramp

By Barb McKay


A campaign is underway to purchase a new ramp for the Davidson Centre pool.


Michelle Goetz, who is heading up the campaign, said that groups who use the swimming pool have reported that the current ramp is awkward to use. There are a number of reasons to replace the ramp, she noted. For one, there are safety issues.


“The lifeguards and I have witnessed people slip and fall using it,” Goetz said in an email to The Independent.


Programming, she added, creates challenges because some groups that use the pool use the ramp while others do not.

Country pumpkin

Madeline Hunter, seven months, of Kincardine, sports her new hand-knitted pumpkin toque at the Kountry Kitchen Bazaar at the Point Clark Community Centre Saturday, (Barb McKay photo)

Assaults up, theft down in Kincardine, according to police stats

By Barb McKay


Kincardine is seeing an increase in domestic violence incidents, according to South Bruce OPP’s new detachment commander.


While the municipality remains one of the safest in Ontario, Insp. Scott Smith told Kincardine council during a presentation during last Wednesday evening’s meeting that an increase in assaults this year is troubling. Last year there were approximately 30 reported assaults. This year that number has climbed to nearly 40.


“Assaults and behaviours are more concerning than anything to me and they are increasing in 2012,” Smith said.

Kincardine base for Canadian Forces non-combatant evacuation operation exercise

By Barb McKay 

Inside a series of dark camouflage tents set up in the parking lot of the Best Western Governor’s Inn, nearly a dozen Canadian Forces personnel were all business last Wednesday as they hovered over a large table covered by an intricate map.



Bruce County hires new CAO

By Barb McKay


The County of Bruce will welcome a new chief administrative officer this month.


Kelly Coulter will take on the role on Oct. 15, replacing Wayne Jamieson who retired after 25 years as the county’s CAO. Coulter was formerly CAO for the Town of Tillsonburg for four years after spending four years as chief admin for Grey Highlands.


Years as a family

Sanjay Nema, middle, was awarded a Leslie D. Ray scholarship and South Bruce Gret Health Centre Auxiliary bursary, while AJ Adams, right, won a KDSS School Council Activity Award, the Principal's Leadership Award and the Michell Taylor Memorial Award. Paul Boyadjian, left, was valedictorian. For more photos and the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Serious injury in Lake Range crash

One person was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash last Tuesday on Lake Range Drive in Huron Twp.

At 12:35 a.m. Oct. 2, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of a single car crash along Lake Range Drive. Officers arrived to find a white Mazda M3 had left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest on its side in the ditch west of the road.

The driver was taken to the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in Kincardine, and then airlifted to the London Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries, said the OPP.

The West Region OPP Technical Traffic Collisions Investigations Unit is assisting the South-Bruce OPP with the investigation, which remained open as of Thursday afternoon.

Kincardine creating a strategic plan for tourism

By Barb McKay


A committee is working to engage community members to improve Kincardine’s approach to tourism.


A meeting was held at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts on Friday to discuss why a plan is being developed and what the process will be for creating it. It was the first of three engagement sessions to gain stakeholder input.


“We have the skills right here at home, so let’s use what we have,” committee member Doreen Soloduka told the group Friday. “With many hands we can do a lot for tourism and the local economy.”


Running to Ripley

Wade Armstrong puts his horse through the paces in the open category Saturday afternoon at the Ripley Fall Fair. For exclusive photos, visit our facebook page later today! (Josh Howald photo)

Revised hospital plan more economical, includes efficiencies

Making more out of less

By Barb McKay


A proposal for Kincardine’s hospital redevelopment project has been revamped to be more economical and make better use of space in the hospital.


The revised proposal was approved by the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board of directors last Wednesday and submitted to the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Thursday. The first phase of Kincardine hospital project was approved by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2011, but cut from the provincial budget in March.