New doctor joins medical clinic next summer

A new family physician will be taking patients in Kincardine in August 2016.


Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke made the announcement Thursday, following a closed session of Kincardine council Wednesday evening. Dr. Damien Gunaratne completed his medical schooling and residency in Ottawa and is expected to take over the medical practice of Dr. Rejean Duwyn, who left in July.


“The arrival of Dr. Gunaratne will provide much needed relief to the physicians at the Kincardine Medical Clinic who have collectively been shouldering the patient burden that is the result of recent physician vacancies,” Clarke said in a media release.


Naughty or nice?

The Kincardine Community Singers held a dress rehearsal last Wednesday evening to gear up for their Christmas concert, Naughty or Nice? Performances will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine. Tickets are available at Jerome Flowers and Gifts. (Josh Howald photo)

Council considers overhaul of municipal parking lot

By Barb McKay


It is a project that won’t come cheap, but Kincardine municipal staff is touting the value of making significant improvements to the parking lot between Queen and Princes streets.


The idea of fixing up the municipally-owned parking lot is not a new one. Engineer Bruce Potter of BM Ross and Associates, who attended last Wednesday’s council meeting, said the lot was paved in the 1970s and he has talked with council several times over the years to make improvements to it.


Signs of Christmas

Mahria Murr of One Of A Kind Design said business was brisk at Friday night's One-Stop Holiday Shop at KTTPS. The sale was one of several holiday themed sales held over the weekend. (Josh Howald photo)

Missing teen located

The search for a missing teenager from Tiverton came to an end Monday morning.

On Friday night, the South-Bruce OPP received a missing person report for the 16-year-old, who had last been seen at Kincardine District Secondary School around lunch time on Friday.

At 9 a.m. Monday morning, police said the 16-year-old had been located safe and sound. Police added they appreciated the public's assistance with the investigation.

Atom Kinucks win Regional Silver Stick

Qualify for International Silver Stick in Forest

The Kincardine Canadian Tire Kinucks are regional Silver Stick champions.

The atoms captured the title in Wingham on the weekend, and will now prepare for the International Silver Stick Finals in Forest in late January.

Kincardine opened the tournament two weeks ago with a 4-1 win over Wingham, and kept rolling into Saturday, opening weekend action with a 12-0 pasting of Goderich.

Tyler Johns led the attack with a four-goal performance, while Nolan Janes, Chase Anderson and Quinton Page each scored twice. Myles Courtney and Aiden Renaud also scored in the win. Brandon Bishop and Page each had two assists, while single helpers went to Anderson, Gavin Beaty, Casey Beisel, Johns and Jarred Houghton.

Walk to Bethlehem

A new community event, A Walk to Bethlehem, was held a the Tiverton Walk of Memories Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Hosted by Knox Presbyterian Church of Tiverton, St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Glammis, TIverton Baptist Church, Chalmers Community Church and the Tiverton Masons, a good turnout showed up for the first time walk. This live nativity was at the end of the walk. (Barb McKay photo)

SmartCentres calls off Highway 21 development

By Barb McKay


SmartCentres is selling off more than 50 acres of land it owns on Highway 21, south of Highway 9.


A representative for the development giant confirmed Thursday that the property has been listed.


“We have not proceeded with the intended development, so at this point the best solution was to dispose of the land,” Ornella Richichi said.


She added the market demand for commercial retail development has changed and there are no foreseeable plans to develop the land.


Public meeting at Knox Monday

Islamic Centre helping churches bring refugee family

A committee formed to bring a refugee family to Kincardine is getting many offers of help.


One of those offers has come from the Kincardine Islamic Centre. Three members of the centre met Sunday afternoon with Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church and members of Knox’s steering committee.


The three – Ziyaad Khan, Umar Afzal and Ayman Faddah – said members of the centre have discussed the Syrian refugee crisis and some are already helping financially in the Toronto area.


They said they could help with the settlement of a refugee family since many know the language and have connections. The three also volunteered to serve on subcommittees.


Ladies Night

The Kincardine BIA hosted a succesful Ladies Night Out on Thursday. Businesses offered sales and giveaways and the Bruce Steakhouse hosted the shoppers at the end of the evening. Here, Nancy Hartford, left, and Cindy Bastien relax after some holiday shopping. (Barb McKay photo)