Dense development plan near Willow West rejected

By Barb McKay


A proposal for a multi-residential development on the edge of the Willow West subdivision will not be getting off the ground.


The Municipality of Kincardine council unanimously turned down a request from developer Tom Kerr for a multitude of zoning changes to the property at Kincardine Avenue and Fraser Drive to accommodate 19 residential units. Kerr proposed to build three semi-detached houses, six townhouse units and a six-unit apartment complex on the two-acre lot. A farm house that already exists on the property will remain.


Man charged in crash that cut power

The South-Bruce OPP announced last week a 63-year-old Kincardine man has been charged in the crash at the top of Durham Street that left area residents, as well as Kincardine District Secondary School, without power on Jan. 4.

Police said they received a report of a pick-up truck hitting a hydro pole on Durham Street in Kincardine, and arrived on the scene, along with Municipality of Kincardine fire fighters and Bruce County Paramedics, to find a black Chevrolet Silverado had struck a hydro pole near the Davidson Centre. The broken pole was on the ground, and hydro lines were resting on top of the pick-up truck.

Hundreds of residents were left without power for most of the day, and KDSS students were sent home at 12:30 p.m. A portion of Durham St. remained closed until 9 p.m., when Westerio Power crews finished restoring all power.

Pipe band nurturing its next generation through school program

By Barb McKay


Inside the walls of Elgin Market Public School echoes the not-so-sweet sound of the Scottish chanter.



Grades 4 and 5 students at EMPS learn to play the chanter from local piper Joan MacIntosh. From left, Brianna Clifford, Carter Wylds, Kaiden Ford, Adam Nasimi and Audrey Friessen. (Barb McKay photo)



First Kids Toboggan Grand Prix Jan. 30

By Barb McKay


A new event encourages local kids to get outside, be active and enjoy the snow.


Penetangear’s first ever Kids Toboggan Grand Prix will be held Jan. 30 in Alps Park at the north extension of the Kincardine Trails, at the east end of Kingsway Street. Penetangear owner Darrel Perry attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to discuss the event and request approval to hold it on municipal property.

The toboggan races, sponsored by McDonald’s, are meant for children ages 12 years and younger, Perry said, and children will race in age groups.


Firearms stolen in break-in

There are eight more guns on the streets after a Lucknow home was broken into on Jan. 12 or 13.

The break-in was reported to police just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 13. Sometime between 6 a.m. on Jan. 12 and 6 a.m. the following day, an Inglis Street home was forcibly entered.

The list of missing items includes three Savage long guns, two Weatherby long guns, two Remington long guns, a Norinco NP58 hand gun, a collection of Cold Steel knives, a 46" Panasonic television and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. There was no estimate on the value of the stolen property provided.

The South-Bruce OPP asks anybody with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip to You might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Atoms lose in Silver Stick semi-final

It was a roller coaster weekend for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks, and it ended in overtime of the International Silver Stick semi-finals in Forest.

It looked liked the whole experience might be over for the Kinucks before noon on Friday, but the atoms made the most of the chances they got. After two quick losses, Kincardine hammered a team from Rome, New York to squeak through to a semi-final game on Saturday afternoon.

That semi-final was against Elmvale, who had defeated the Kinucks the previous day.

Haggis here!

David Wilson, left, and Jennifer Farrell of the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band didn't miss the chance to get into some haggis Saturday at the Kincardine Branch #183 of the Royal Canadian Legion. There was a sold out crowd on hand for the annual Robbie Burns Dinner, which featured live entertainment and plenty of great food - including the haggis, which Wilson is pointing out. (Josh Howald photo)

Refugees could arrive in Kincardine by March

By Barb McKay


Middle Eastern refugees are expected to arrive in Kincardine by the spring and efforts are well underway to help the new arrivals integrate into the community and feel at home.


Andy Burgess of the Kincardine Refugee Committee, supported by several committee members, was a delegation at last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to provide an update and timeline on efforts to welcome two refugee families.


Health Canada neonicotinoid study receives mixed reactions

By Barb McKay


A preliminary report by a division of Health Canada on the effects of neonicotinoid chemicals on honey bees is being lauded by Ontario grain producers and ridiculed by beekeepers.


The preliminary pollinator assessment into imidacloprid, a form of the neonicotinoid insecticide, was released by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) on Jan. 6. A complete document was published Jan. 18 and stakeholders and the public have 60 days, from that date, to comment on it.


KTA gears up for trail expansions

By Barb McKay


After a productive year of trail upgrades, repairs and expansions in 2015, the Kincardine Trails Association will focus its efforts this year on raising funds for the planned B-Line trail and connecting existing trails in the municipality.