Pucker up

Huron Heights principal Paul Hambleton was dressed in his finest clothes last Wedensday to make good ona promise he made to students. If the school sold 100 yearbooks, he agred to kiss a pig. After the students sold approximately 130, he puckered up with Petunia at a special assembly. (Kiel Edge photo)


Provincial gold for Young

KDSS swimmer wins OFSAA title

Steve Young swims the Individual Medley faster than any high school student in Ontario.

The Grade 12 Kincardine District Secondary School student set a new personal best en route to a gold medal winning performance Wednesday in Etobicoke.

Young, initially seeded third in the IM,  swam the 100-metre IM in 1:06.24.

Steve Young shows off his OFSAA gold medal Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre pool. (Josh Howald photo)

“As soon as I finished I looked up and saw Lane 4, first place,” said Young Thursday. “Then I started celebrating. I didn’t actually even find out my time until hours later.”


Town dump will close in 2010

Land may be used for dog park

Kincardine’s future dog park might be a real dump.

Council decided Mar. 5 that the Ward 1 landfill will close when it reaches capacity and plans show the property could be used as a recreation area for dog walkers or toboganners.

Jim Yardley of Conestoga Rovers and Associates told council his company considered seven options when looking at the future of the site. The engineers looked at the service level and environmental impact of each option, as well as the costs, before making a decision.

The two options that made the most sense were either a complete closure of the site or setting up a yard waste pick up site at the location. In the end, public works recommended the site be completely closed.


Kincardine looking at 4 per cent or 5 per cent tax increase

There was a distinct chopping sound emanating from the Municipal Administration Centre last week.

Over the course of three meetings, Kincardine council managed to lower the 2009 municipal tax rate increase from more than 13 per cent to just 2.27 per cent. A 2.27 per cent tax increase would result in an increase of approximately $18 on the tax rate for a home valued at the median assessment of $169,500.

Budget deliberations began with council facing a 13.71 per cent increase to the tax rate. Working through the proposed capital budget, council managed to find the money necessary to lower that number significantly.


Kincardine begins budget deliberations

Councillors, staff and senior management began 2009 budget deliberations this week. The draft budget shows a tax increase of 13.71 per cent, or an additional $86.73 on the municipal tax bill of a median assessed home.

Treasurer Brenda French said staff’s goal is to lower the increase to just 3.55 per cent. This will require council to cut more than $500,000 out of the budget. A change of $53,000 will result in a one per cent increase to the tax rate.

Kincardine’s budget increase is impacted by a number of factors this year. Bruce Telecom’s annual payout has dropped $300,000 and the cost of fuel, electricity and hydro have all increased dramatically.


Flippin' flapjacks

Don Eyre flips pancakes as Kincardine United Church celebrates Shrove Tuesday with a pancake dinner. (Kiel Edge photo)


Township home burns to the ground

A smoke alarm likely saved the lives of a Kincardine Town ship family early Saturday morning.

Rick and Susan Smith and their two daughters were awakened by the alarm about 4 a.m. and were able to escape the house safely.

Kincardine Administrative fire chief Jamie MacKinnon said Monday that the home, located on the 7th concession, just east of the 20th Sideroad, was burned to the ground. Damage is estimated at $150,000.

Cause of the fire is undetermined, said MacKinnon. With an old house, it could have been one of many things, he added.


Biogas fuel makes energy out of waste

Kincardine’s farmers might be getting more out of their waste if the municipality’s environmental advisory committee can follow through on an idea presented at its February meeting.

Clare Riepma, president of PlanET Biogas Solutions Inc., was at the Walker House Thursday morning to discuss the benefits of generating electricity through anaerobic digestion.

Riepma’s company creates digesters that turn carbon products, usually farm animal manure, waste vegetables and grease and fats into energy and heat that can be used to power homes and farms.

PlanET Biogas started in Germany, where the technology is much more common place. In 2006-2007, Riepma helped build his company’s first digester in Ontario at a Niagara-area greenhouse.


Making time stop

 

Some people are strong willed.

Agnes MacDonald died Friday, Feb. 13 - just about the time her grandfather clock stopped.

The story starts about 10 years ago when Nancy McKinley, a financial advisor, met Agnes through business. They became good friends and when Agnes’s sister died, Agnes asked Nancy to look after her legal affairs. Since that would be a conflict of interest, Nancy had to end the business relationship. However, the friendship continued and Agnes was just like part of the family.


It's back

After a nice run of warm temperatures and melting snow, Kincardine residents woke up Friday to a fresh dumping of the white stuff. Howard Mank was one of many people seen shovelling out their driveways Friday morning. The winter weather continued with heavy snowfall and winds for most of the weekend. (Kiel Edge photo)