Chirstmas bells ringing...

And the kids were singing. Elgin Market Public School studnents perform at last week's dress rehearsal for the annual Chirstmas concert. (Barb McKay photo)


Silver Stick opens Thursday

By Josh Howald

Like decorating the tree or eating turkey, the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick is a holiday tradition.

Listowel celebrates a bantam title last year at the 25th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick after a narrow win over Kincardine. This year's bantam team should again contend for a tournament title. (Kincardine Independent file photo/Howald)

 


Plenty of helping hands

Christmas Knights make a difference

By Josh Howald

There was no magic sled, but they still visited every home in Kincardine.

KDSS Grade 11 student Sarah Nagus is surrounded by toy donations Saturday morning at Saint Anthony's Church in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Christmas Knights made the rounds for a 16th consecutive year, and once again collected enough food to stock Christmas hampers for 124 local families in need. Any items left over go towards the Kincardine food bank. Volunteers were busy this week organizing items and filling hampers based on family needs. Families are referred to the program by Kincardine Ministerial Services.


Why must we pay more at the pumps?

Team Kincardine looks to investigate gas prices

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine’s business and economic development leaders are hoping to solve the mystery behind why gas prices in the municipality are so high.

 

Over the past couple of weeks The Independent has been flooded with phone calls and emails about the high price of gas in Kincardine. The most frequently asked question has been, why are Kincardine’s prices so much higher than any other municipality in the region? Residents have complained that gas prices here are, in some cases, more than five cents per litre higher than other communities, like Port Elgin and Goderich.

 


Food bank numbers continue to climb

By Barb McKay

 

In October, the number of clients who used the Kincardine food bank set a record. Sadly, that number pales in comparison to the number of people who used the service last month.

 

It was shocking even to food bank volunteers that 128 clients came through the doors of the Kincardine Food Bank in November. Of those, 72 were families with a total of 123 children, and 56 were individuals. Of those, nine clients were accessing the food bank for the very first time.

 


Kincardine looks to recruit new fire chief

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine is in the market for a new fire chief.

 

Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke confirmed Friday that Jamie MacKinnon, fire chief for the Kincardine and Tiverton departments has accepted a position as a maintainer for Ward 2. Clarke said the job came open when the lead hand retired and a maintainer applied for the position, leaving an opening.

 

“(Jamie) elected to compete for that and succeeded,” he said. “My sense is it was a lifestyle decision. He does have a background in that (work). He did a great job on the competition and we’re very happy for him.”

 


Sounds like Christmas

Kincardine-Tiverton Township Publis School Grade 3 teacher JoAnne Scott conducts the East Hall choir consisting of Grades 2 and 3 students during the dress rehearsal of the school's holiday concert. (Barb McKay photo)


Traffic stop in Ripley turns ugly

Officer treated for minor injuries

A 37-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after a traffic stop turned ugly in Ripley last Wednesday morning.

Just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 5, a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol stopped a green Dodge Dakota on Queen Street in Ripley. The driver was confrontational, and refused to answer any of the officer’s questions. Once the man was out of the truck, he started fighting with the officer, and tried to take the officer’s gun during the struggle.

A 37-year-old man form Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Twp. is facing a number of charges, including driving while disqualified, two counts of driving while suspended, possession of a controlled substance, driving with open container of liquor, failure to identify, assaulting a peace officer, operating an unsafe vehicle, failure to signal a turn and breach of probation.


PRWIN awarded grant

The Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (PRWIN) has been awarded a $24,965 grant through Ontario's Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to help protect the Great Lakes.

Ontario is helping communities protect their part of the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund which offers grants to grassroots community groups for activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, or creating a costal or riverside trail.

PRWIN, with help from community partners, volunteers and students, will use the grant to install a trail and plant trees on a section of the Pine River. The project will provide enhanced public access and educational outreach opportunities and help restore the river.


Is this where I renew my licence?

No reopen date for Service Ontario office

By Barb McKay

It could be some time before the Service Ontario office in Kincardine reopens to the public.

Luckily, nobody was seriously injured at the Ministry of Transportation's Service Ontario office on Highway #21 in Kincardine Monday afternoon. Police said no charges were laid in the single car crash. (Luis Posada for The Independent)

 

The government office on Highway 21 has been closed since Monday when an SUV crashed through the entrance. Fortunately, no one was injured. Police say a silver Mercedes GK3 went through the west wall of the building. No charges were laid in the incident.