Old town hall should be bulldozed, says councillor

The Kincardine Arts Centre should be torn down, says councillor Ken Craig.


The comment came Thursday evening during Kincardine council’s discussion of the list of federal and provincial grants received in recent months for capital projects.


Kincardine recently received a Build Canada Intake fund to spent $933,300 to rehabilitate the former town hall. Each level of government would pay a third of the cost.


You can fix up the outside but the interior of the building will still be dysfunctional, Craig said.


Festival draws 12,000

It was a good weekend to be Scottish.

The 10th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games attracted between 11,000 and 12,000 people to town over the weekend.

Callum Harper, ,left, and Cameron Perry of the Niagara Pipe Band climb the fence at Victoria Park to get a better look at the Pipe Band Competition Saturday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

“It was an awesome weekend,” said Festival Event Manager Melissa Macfarlane Monday morning. “Piping is still the most popular event, but the heavy events really exploded. The attendance for that has tripled in the past three years.”

First and sandy

Charles Lamont tackles Chase Hauck during a game of beach football Friday afternoon at Station Beach in Kincardine. The beach was packed with people enjoying the sunny weather. (Josh Howald photo)

Davidson Centre will get new gym

Feds, province to kick in $2 million

By Eric Howald


Kincardine will receive $2-million in federal and provincial money for a facelift to the Davidson Centre.


Only a few weeks ago, at the end of May, council applied for a $2.9 million grant under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario (RInC Ontario). The announcement of the money was made at the Davidson Centre Monday morning by MP Ben Lobb and MPP Carol Mitchell.


A step in the right direction

By Josh Howald

Linda McLaughlin may have walked away from a battle with cancer, but she won’t walk away from the cause. And she will walk all night August 15 at the annual Relay For Life at the Davidson Centre.

Cancer survivor Linda McLaughlin enjoys her backyard with her grand-dog Neely last week. (Josh Howald photo)

McLaughlin will undergo a reconstruction surgery in August that should complete a battle with breast cancer.

“It is the final step of the process,” she said. “Almost three years to the day after I had my first surgery.”

While it is a relief, the whole ordeal won’t, and can’t, be forgotten.

Hot shot

The Kincardine Nimrod Club held its annual Blackpowder shoot Saturday. Sharon Rider, a 20-year member of the club, firest a blackpowder pistol at the Nimrod Club's range. (Katy Stewart photo)

Council losing patience with Friends of Pavilion

Kincardine council is set to borrow $350,000 from the bank to lend to the Friends of the Pavilion to pay off debts the group amassed in the reconstruction of the building.


However, council is leery of borrowing the money until the Friends provide information, like financial statements for 2007 and 2008.


“What’s the money for?” asked councillor Guy Anderson. He wanted to know if the building has been completed and added, “We’ve never heard anything (from them).”


Treasurer Brenda French, who has been handling the file, said the work is done and that two of the three air conditioning units for the building have been installed. The $350,000 is needed pay off private loans.

Medical clinic tenders on target

Tenders for phase 2 of the Kincardine Medical Clinic were opened Wednesday and most came in under budget.


Brent Whitely of Parkin Architects told council Wednesday evening that bids from the six qualified bidders were received. Prices ranged from a low of $2,351,200 to a high of $2,888,000. Four of the bids were under $2.6 million.


Parkin will study the bids over the next few days and will make a recommendation to council at its July 2 council meeting. If the tender is let July 2, said CAO John deRosenroll, work could start in July and likely be done within nine months.


Evidence of life beneath Lake Huron

Alpena-Amberley ridge was once a bridge to U.S.

By Josh Howald

Scientists have discovered archeological evidence of life on an underwater ridge that stretches across Lake Huron from Amberley to Presque Island, MI.

“Basically the ridge is a 10-mile wide corridor,” said John O’Shea Wednesday afternoon, “that was a bridge across Huron when water levels were much lower (9,000 years ago).”

O’Shea is curator of Great Lakes Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology and a professor at the University of Michigan. He co-authored the report, published in the June 8 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with Guy Meadows, director of Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and a professor in the departments of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences.

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.”