Great Lakes cities form ‘Sister Waters’ partnership with Middle East

By Barb McKay

 

Middle Eastern countries will be looking towards municipalities on the Great Lakes, including Huron-Kinloss and Kincardine, for possible solutions to protect the Jordan River Valley.

 

Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan was in Chicago on Aug. 23 and 24 for the Water After Borders summit at the University of Illinois. Twolan is vice-chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and was one of three representatives present at the summit. He is poised to take over as chair of the Initiative in June.

 


One dead, one charged in fatal crash

One man is dead, and another man has been charged as a result of a two-vehicle crash Friday evening at Bruce County Road 28 and the Huron-Bruce Road.

At 6:09 p.m., the South-Bruce OPP received a report of the crash and arrived on the scene to learn a green Chevrolet Camaro had been southbound on Bruce County Road 28 when it collided with a white International Stake Truck driving west on Huron-Bruce Road. The driver of the stake truck, a 55-year-old man from Huron-Kinloss Twp., was charged with failure to yield.

The driver of the Camaro, 64-year-old William Reuber of South-Bruce, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Camaro was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit is assisting the South-Bruce OPP with this investigation.


Show of support

More than 100 pick-up trucks lined Highway 21 as drivers from all over the region participated in a a truck cruise in memory of Clint Parker Saturday. Clint was killed in a snowmobile crash earlier this year. The trucks left from Concession 9 and travelled through Tiverton to North-Bruce. The ride was organized by 519TRUCKS and funds raised will be used to establish a four-year trophy and bursary at Kincardine District Secondary School. Funds were also expected to go to the Canadian Tire JumpStart program. (Barb McKay photo)


Unload your old prescriptions this Saturday

OPP hosts Drug Drop-Off Day

This Saturday, May 9, is Prescription Drug Drop-Off day.

Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day is an important public safety initiative to encourage Ontario residents to dispose of old and unused prescription medication in a secure, environmentally-friendly manner.

In Kincardine, the South-Bruce OPP will be collecting unwanted prescription meds at the detachment, 700 Kincardine Ave between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Police will also be accepting them in the same time frame at the Walkerton detachment, 25 Bruce County Road 19, Brant Twp.

It is a province-wide initiative, where people can dispose of outdated, unused and unwanted prescription drugs anonymously without even getting out of their vehicles.


Climb to the top

Ryan Taylor, 6, had a blast climbing the rock wall at the first annual Kincardine Expo at the Davidson Centre on the weekend. A great crowd of people visited the community centre on both Saturday and Sunday to view more than 60 vendors and exhibits on the arena floor and in the hall. (Josh Howald photo)


Doctor departures will not trigger orphan clinic

New nurse practitioner joins FHT

By Barb McKay

 

Patients will not be left stranded as a result of the impending departure of two local doctors, according to officials with the Kincardine Community Medical Clinic.

 

Kincardine Family Health Team CEO Gerry Glover, who also manages the medical clinic, said the clinic has plans in place to accommodate approximately 2,200 patients who will be left without a family physician when Dr. Rejean Duwyn and Dr. Steven Poirier close their practices July 17. At least one of the physicians has cited family circumstances as the reason for leaving.

 


Province firms up commitment to natural gas expansion

By Barb McKay

 

The Ontario government has officially pledged to expand natural gas service to areas not already serviced, and that could be good news for Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss.

 

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Industry made the announcement Friday that it would extend natural gas service and would provide funding in the form of a $200 million Natural Gas Access Loan and $30 million Natural Gas Economic Development Grant. The funding is aimed at helping regions not currently serviced to attract investment, create jobs and provide more energy choices.

 


Hit and run

Police are looking for the driver of a dark-coloured four-door car that struck a teenager Sunday morning in downtown Kincardine.

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Queen St. and Broadway St. at 10:33 a.m. Sunday. Officers arrived to learn that two young teens were crossing the street when a grey or dark brown four-door car turned right from Broadway onto Queen, and struck one of the teens, causing minor injuries.

Officers are looking to speak with the male driver of the vehicle to complete the crash investigation.

Police ask anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


Lighthouse Blues Festival line-up announced

The 2015 Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival will run July 10-12 this year.

 

Headlining the main stage on the Friday night will be Southern Hospitality featuring Victor Wainwright, JP Soars and Damon Fowler. Supporting acts include Ghost Town Blues Band (Memphis), Dawn Tyler Watson & Ben Racine (Montreal), Jeff Jensen Band (Memphis) Crystal Shawanda (Nashville) and Josh Garrett (New Orleans).

 

On the Saturday night, the headline act is Shemekia Copeland (Chicago), Angel Forrest (Montreal), Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (Toronto), Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers (Cleveland), 24th Street Wailers (Toronto) and Grainne Duffy (Ireland).

 


Hydro rates to increase Friday

By Barb McKay

 

Just as electricity users got passed the sticker shock of high bills over the winter, rates are set to rise.

 

The Ontario Energy Board has announced that hydro rates will increase May 1. Rates were previously hiked Nov. 1, 2014, and will now increase from 7.7 cents per kilowatt to eight cents per kilowatt hour for off-peak usage (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, as well as all day on weekends and holidays). Rates will rise from 11.4 cents to 12.2 cents per kilowatt hour for mid-peak usage (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and from 14 cents to 16.1 cents per kilowatt hour for on-peak usage (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).