Soldier speaks

Thanks students for support

By Josh Howald

Corporal Tom Palmer spent seven and half months on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Last week, he spoke to John Hannivan’s history classes, in part to thank them for their help.

Corporal Tom Palmer, right, spoke to John Hannivan's history classes last week. (Josh Howald photo)

Hannivan’s five classes raised more than $250 to send food and supplies to Palmer and his unit while stationed in Afghanistan.

“The support I got from family and friends was overwhelming,” said Palmer Friday morning. “And from people I didn’t even know, like friends of my parents and the students in these classrooms here.”

Beer fiasco threatens Tiverton Reunion

Meeting turns ugly, deputy mayor threatened

By Kiel Edge

Kincardine council’s decision to can a recommendation from the Tiverton Reunion committee caused an uproar that could jeopardize the future of the event.

More than half of the Reunion’s organizing committee resigned from their posts June 3 after council voted down the committee’s suggestion to use cans during the August reunion.

“The remaining committee members still prefer cans that are  poured into glasses,” councillor Randy Roppel said following a 15-minute meeting with the committee outside the Municipal Administration Centre. “If you’se (sic) don’t want to reconsider, the rest of the committee will likely collapse. I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting summer.”

Frigid fall

Kincardine Bulldogs goaltender Drew Pegrum splashes down in the dunk tank during Saturday's Cops for Cancer shave-off in the Sobey's parking lot. There was an enthusiastic corwd at the event, which raised more than $10,000. (Kiel Edge photo)

Cottagers save three boaters

Lucy, left and Bob Gorski are pictures with the gear they used to rescue three people from Lake Huron - their kayak, extra lifejacket and a "floatie" (Eric Howald photo)

Three young Kincardine-area men are lucky to be alive today.

If it weren’t for the sharp eyes and quick response of a Grosse Pointe, Michigan couple, chances are the three would have either drowned or succumbed to hypothermia on the frigid waters of Lake Huron.

New rink not in Kincardine's future

Kincardine residents hoping for a new ice rink within the former town’s limits won’t be happy with the recommendations of the municipality’s recreation consultant.

Monteith Brown Planning recently completed a report outlining Kincardine’s indoor recreation needs. The study used data gathered from residents and recreation facility users. The report was presented to a crowd of 75 Wednesday night at the Davidson Centre.

Planner Anand Desai said studies of ice-time uses and the condition of the facilities in Kincardine and Tiverton mean the municipality doesn’t need a new ice surface in the next five years.

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Struttin' his stuff

OPP Constable Kevin Martin struts with his guitar at the KDSS Spring Arts Show. Martin got into the act, playing guitar for Mike Ferguson's rendition of Hot Blooded. The students put on performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (Josh Howald photo)

Council using Freedom of Information act to get hospital budget

Friends of the Kincardine Hospital (FOtKH) has turned to Kincardine council in an attempt to get budget information from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board.

 FOtKH chairperson Gregg McLelland updated council May 20 on the actions of the group in its very public attempt to wrestle control of the Kincardine Hospital away from its current board.

Since the December public meeting that drew a large crowd of mostly seniors, FOtKH has met with representatives of the South West LHIN, local government and the Ministry of Health. The group has also participated in protests and a rally at Queen’s Park.

Car bursts into flames

A car on Durham Street is engulfed in flames Friday afternoon following an accident adjacent to Kincardine District Secondary School.  (Eric Howald photo)

A lunchtime accident caused some chaos at the high school Friday.

A Mazda car caught fire after a collision at Durham Street and River Lane, just outside the front doors of the Kincardine District Secondary School  at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

New arts centre would boost local economy, says Walden

Most presentations to council don’t involve costume changes.

But Bryan Walden’s did. He, assisted by members of the Kincardine Theatre Guild, gave a presentation to Kincardine council encouraging the municipality to replace the former Town Hall on Queen Street with a multi-million dollar theatre and convention centre.

The Penetangore Centre would be a state-of-the-art 34,000 sq. ft facility backing onto Victoria Park. The building would include a 400-seat theatre, convention and meeting rooms, and art gallery and a rehearsal theatre. Cabaret-style seating would also be included.

According to architectural drawings, Walden plans for a three-storey building. An outdoor amphitheatre would be included to provide an acceptable stage for acts included in the Scottish Festival and the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.