Family escapes just in time

Fire guts Kennard Crescent home

By Barb McKay


The occupants of a home on Kennard Crescent gutted by fire on the weekend were lucky to escape with their lives, according to Kincardine fire department officials.



Nobody was injured in Saturday morning's fire, but the Kennard Crescent house was completely destroyed by the blaze. (Josh Howald photo)


No fat trimmed from police budget

Increase set for 2011

 By Barb McKay


Any municipal budget savings won’t come from the Kincardine police services budget.


Inspector Bill Klym and police services policy chair Jacqueline Faubert presented the 2011 police services budget to Kincardine council last Monday with an eight per cent increase.


The police services board was able to reduce its costs this year by $4,163 by cutting back on administration and advertising. Police services costs, through the Ontario Provincial Police, will increase $182,897 this year.


No solar panels for Ripley arena

 By Barb McKay


The Ripley-Huron Community Centre will not be a site for a solar project.


Solar Logix, of Oakville, was contracted to do a site inspection at the arena earlier this month to see if the roof was an appropriate location for solar panels. The company determined that the design of the roof made it unsuitable for a solar project.


Old Stars donate $10,000

Annual tournament a hit

The Kincardine OldStars made a $10,000 donation to the Davidson Centre Revitilization fund Saturday at the team's annual tournament and dance over the weekend. The OldStars have been in town for 35 years, and alumni gathered Saturday for a group photo and catch up at the Davidson Centre Hall. (Josh Howald photo)

OFSAA gold for Page

Former local star has found a home at Appleby

By Josh Howald

Somebody from Kincardine won an OFSAA girls hockey championship.

Appleby coach Margot Page shares a moment with Hannah Davidson of KDSS after an OFSAA semi-final game Friday morning in Stratford. Page's team beat Kincardine 5-2, and went undefated at the provincial tournament to claim an OFSAA gold. (Josh Howald photo)

Margot (Verlaan) Page coached Appleby College to a provincial championship Friday evening with a 5-3 win over St. Theresa Secondary School from the Trenton area.

More than $60,000 damage in fire

The Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department released details Thursday about the March 21 fire featured on the front page last week’s Independent.

Fire Chief Jamie MacKinnon reported that more than $60,000 worth of damage was done to a detached bungalow on Upper Lorne Beach Road. His Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department crews from Kincardine and Tiverton got the call at 11 a.m. In total, 23 firefighters were on the scene manning two pumper trucks, one aerial ladder, one rescue truck and two tanker trucks.

Decommissioning turbines costly, says citizen group

 By Barb McKay


Decommissioning wind turbines will cost far more than wind energy developers predict, according an engineering report.


Firefighter saves Holyrood woman from house fire

A woman pulled from a burning house in Holyrood has been released from hospital.


Lucknow and district fire chief Peter Steer said the woman had no vital signs when firefighters arrived at the scene on County Road 1 in Kinloss Township just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.


“One of my first respondents was able to revive her and she’s now out of hospital, that’s what I heard most recently,” Steer said Monday.


Leave water treatment staff alone, says public works manager

 By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s public works manager is asking council and CAO John deRosenroll to exempt water treatment plant staff from new cost-cutting measures and let him handle staff recruitment.


Jim O’Rourke didn’t mince words in warning council and the municipality’s administration manager, during a recent budget meeting, that doing away with paid overtime and cutting back staff could have serious impacts.


“Staff has worked hard to put people in place to maintain the integrity of the equipment,” he said. “I know we’re trying to keep costs down, but I ask, at the expense of whom?”


Girls open with 3-1 win

KDSS downs #7 seed at provincials

The Knights were good this morning.

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team opened up the provincial championship tournament (OFSAA) on the right note this morning, defeating the #7 seed Beaver Brae Secondary School.

The Knights, seeded 10th, turned in a great opening game performance and skated to a 3-1 win. Kait McDonell, Hannah Davidson and Morgan Padfield each scored for Kincardine, who will play again at 2:15 p.m. this afternoon (Wednesday).

This afternoon, the Knights will face the tournament's #4 seed, St. Charles Secondary School.

The Independent will do its best to keep you updated on KDSS' progress at the OFSAA tournament, being held in Stratford this week. The Knights will have a third qualifying round game tomorrow.