Splash pad project edging closer to becoming reality

By Barb McKay

 

The Kincardine and District Lions Club is looking for some direction from the municipality so it can move its splash pad project forward.

 


Sounds liike Christmas...

The Kincardine Community Singers and three of their four guests singers, in red, since "Once in David's City" at a dress rehearsal last week. The three youths, from left, are Kathryn Low, John Graham and Arlo Cossonnet. Absent at the time of the photo is Carson Rutledge. The choir performs the annual Christmas concert Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening at Knox Presbyterian Church. Arlo and Carson sing at the Saturday performance and John and Kathryn at the Sunday show. Accompanist for the concert is Brenda Manderson with Nicole Reid on violin and Debb Marks on trumpet. (Eric Howald photo)


Municipalities choose company over ombudsman as closed meeting investigator

By Barb McKay

 

Two local municipalities are willing to pay a service provider to act as a closed meeting investigator, rather than obtaining the services of the Ontario ombudsman at no cost.

 

Both Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss Township councils decided during meetings last month that they would sign an agreement with Local Authority Services Ltd. (LAS), which contracts the service out to Amberley Gavel Ltd. The expiry date on the agreement is Dec. 31.

 


Church hit by thieves

Nothing is sacred.

Police are investigating the break, enter and theft at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine.

The South-Bruce OPP was called at 8 a.m. on Nov. 27. The South-Bruce OPP discovered entrance had been gained through a door at the southwest corner of the historic building. Locked doors inside of the church were also forced open. A quantity of cash was taken.

An estimate on the repairs was not provided by police.

The police request anyone with information that could assist police to call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org.


Back in action

Brody Hayes of the Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team ran over the John Diefenbaker Seconcdary School Trojans from Hanover last week at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The scored four unanswered second period goals en route to a 4-1 win over JDSS. The Knights visit Sacred Heart tomorrow (Thursday). (Josh Howald photo)


Thank you, coaches

For my Nobody project, I decided to thank my sports coaches for the time they give to teach me and my friends and teammates how to play hockey and soccer. I think it is important because they are volunteers and they choose to help even though they don’t get paid.

 

I am thankful for these coaches because they don’t just teach us the rules of the game, they give us advice and encouragement and teach us respect, honesty and fairness.

 

Thank you to the following people for teaching me about the sports I love - hockey and soccer: Rob Bishop, Jeremy Beaty, Art Houghton, Len Arnok, Derrick Burrows, Ryder Colhoun, Jeff Scott, John Risorto, Jeff Fuller and Kevin Emmerton.


Santa visits the village

Briar Pollock is all smiles as she visits with Santa Sunday evening at RIpley's Christmas in the Park. Hundreds turned out to wish Santa well, as well as enjoy some hot chocolate and chili. (Josh Howald photo)


Coyotes attack dogs in Kincardine, many fear children could be next

By Barb McKay

 

It was just after 8 a.m. on Thursday when Guy Depatie spotted the lone coyote trotting down Princes Street in hot pursuit of a squirrel. Just half a block away, young children sat on a curb waiting for their school bus to arrive.

 

 

A coyote trots along Princes Street near the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home Thursday morning. (photo by Guy Depatie)

 

 


Cuts to province funding expected to create budget challenges

By Barb McKay

 

Municipalities are taking another hit to their annual funding allocation from the province, adding to next year’s already challenging budgets.

 

Kincardine learned last week that it will see a reduction of $218,600 from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund in 2014; 15 per cent less than it received in 2013. The municipality will receive $1,239,000 next year, compared to $1,457,600 in 2013 and $1,619,500 in 2012.

 

“It’s disappointing to see that we are down again,” deputy mayor Anne Eadie said during last Wednesday’s council meeting. “Even if we start (the budget process) at zero per cent, we’re still down.”


Finally, she can stop

Thursday was Sharon Vokey's final day on the job as school crossing guard on Russell Street. She spent the last 28 years helping youngsters safely cross Russell, and was overwhelmed with gifts, hugs and words of thanks from both children and parents, as well as the OPP, fellow town employees and the general public. (Josh Howald photo)