Local farmers need government help as drought continues

All sectors suffering

By Barb McKay


It’s time for governments to step up and provide aid to farmers who are struggling under drought conditions, say local farmers.


Steve Eby, president of the Bruce County Cattleman’s Association, said the extreme hot and dry weather is impacting most agricultural sectors, as crops begin to fail and prices rise to record rates. With a limited chance of rain in the forecast for Bruce County, for at least another week, Eby said now is the time for the federal and provincial governments to make use of the programs they created specifically for these circumstances.


We're over pier!

Some things never change, as local youths cool off by jumping off the north pier Sunday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

New arena lighting could save Huron-Kinloss big bucks

By Barb McKay


New energy efficient lighting at the Ripley arena won’t be cheap to install, but it will save the township thousands of dollars in annual energy costs, says Huron-Kinloss’ facilities and recreation director.


Mike Fair asked Huron-Kinloss council last Monday to give pre-budget approval to a project to replace ice surfacing lighting in the Ripley arena. The project was supposed to have been deferred until 2013 because it exceeded the budget. Fair said since that time, Eco-Shift Power, the only tender applicant to submit a proposal for a 400-watt bulb system, has provided a new proposal and has offered to postpone payment until January 2013. He said the Cambridge-based company is eager to take on the project.

Sex charges for Hulkster

The “Hulkster” of Greenock Township is facing two counts of historic sexual assault.

A 54-year-old Cargill man, known as the “Hulk” for his fascination with wrestler Hulk Hogan, is scheduled to appear in provincial court Aug. 27, 2012 to answer to the charges. The man is often seen out in the community in a yellow tank top and championship belt.

On June 16, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of the historic sexual assault. Police investigated the complaint with help from the OPP Crime Unit. On July 14, the investigation culminated with the man being charged.

The South-Bruce OPP is requesting anybody with additional information that could assist police call 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Setting sails

Jenny Bansai, left, and Rolo McCullough carry an outboard motor from the instructor catamaran Friday morning at the north beach. The studetns are summer instructors with the Ontario Sailing Association, and were in town conducting lessons all week. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine Summer Music Festival offers world class entertainment

By Barb McKay


The 21st annual Kincardine Summer Music Festival, as always, is packed full of high caliber talent, according to the festival’s organizers.


KSMF secretary John Schnarr says this year’s festival has attracted musicians and vocalists that are world-class. Topping the list is renowned Canadian jazz vocalist, Denzal Sinclaire. The Toronto-born jazz artist is also a master of the piano and a talented composer and won the 2004 National Jazz Award for best album. He is touring with jazz superstar Diana Krall before attending KSMF. Sinclaire will perform Aug. 9 at the Best Western Governor’s Inn as part of the evening concert series.


Heat wave

Jan Johnstone was beating the heat on her waveboard Sunday, while dozens of others enjoy Lake Huron during the muggy weather on the weekend. (Josh Howald photo)

Look for a big one

Chantry Chinook Classic opens Friday

By Josh Howald

It’s going to take one big fish to win this year’s Chantry Chinook Classic.

And there are plenty of them in Lake Huron.

“It has been one of the better years we have had,” said Rick Dwinnell, a member of the Chantry Chinook Classic Fish Derby  Committee, as well as operator of Dwindle’s Dream Fishing charters.

“We have been seeing more salmon than ever before, (including) some Coho salmon. We’ve caught a few fish in the 17 to 19-pound range already,” he said.

Tri Smilin!

London's Michelle Kremer, with Margaret Buchler and Julia Kremer of Kincardine are all smiles after crossing the finish line Saturday at the Kincardine Women's Triathlon. For the full story, see this week's sports section! (Barb McKay photo)

Federal wind turbine study welcomed by both sides of issue

By Barb McKay

A federal study into possible health effects from wind turbine noise is being embraced by both sides of the wind energy debate.

Health Canada announced last week that it would initiate a research study, in partnership with Statistics Canada, to determine if there is a relationship between wind turbine noise and health issues reported by residents who live within wind energy developments.

“I’m absolutely thrilled our federal cousins are stepping in and doing what the McGuinty government has refused to do,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.