Kincardine council sticks with sidewalk plan near KDSS

Despite objections from neighbourhood residents, a road reconstruction project near KDSS will include sidewalks.

Council voted 6-3 in favour of including sidewalks on Charles, William and South Streets. The municipality also awarded the tender for the reconstruction project to Omega Contracting, at a total cost of $1,820,725.

Kincardine’s public works committee met several times with concerned residents to adjust the plans for the large road project. Special attention was given to minimizing the amount of private property that will be lost to road widening and the safety of residents and high school students alike.


French immersion blooms at Elgin Market

With enough students to fill a pair of classrooms in just its second year, Elgin Market’s French immersion program can be considered nothing if not successful.

“We’re not surprised at all,” says principal Anne Roppel. “At our first information meeting (last year) we had a lot of parents interested in the program.”

The first year of the program began in September, 2007. The school had approximately 25 students enrolled and offered a split class of junior and senior kindergarten.

This year, the first group of students are a year older, allowing for a Senior kindergarten and Grade 1 split class. The school also welcomed 22 new Junior Kindergarten students, bringing the program’s total enrollment to 47.


Park should have proper sign

You might want to check with John deRosenroll regarding the legal name of the park between Harbour and Lambton Streets. This park includes the tennis courts, the public parking area east of the courts, the lawn bowling greens and the area west to the beach. Many people have been referring to this as Tiny Tot Park as it includes a variety of playground equipment on which many young (and some not so young) people enjoy playing. Yes, a service club did provide the equipment for the enjoyment of the children.

As indicated in a recent historical story, Sir Alexander McKenzie and his wife Mabel donated this park to the Town of Kincardine. There were certain conditions, however. This area was to forever remain a park; no commercial establishments were ever to be built; no part of the park was ever to be sold; and the land would forever be called Macpherson Park, after their good friend James A. Macpherson, a lawyer and nine times mayor of Kincardine.


Scaring babies

Do you ever wonder from whence all the e-mails come?

Our service provider removes the "spam" on a regular basis and we try to check it regularly, just in case there is the odd important message.

No one checked it for eight days last week, so I took a look – there were more than 1,050 messages. From the title of the messages, most are trying to con people into buying sex products, cheap prescription drugs, mortgage deals, blah, blah. We’ll receive messages from 15 people in a row with exactly the same title – hardly obvious that the message is some kind of gimmick.

Every once in a while, some sucker must bite and so the e-mails keep coming.

Of those more than 1,000 messages, I opened one. On Sept. 21, a local person reported seeing a one- to two-year-old black bear run into the bush on the east side of Highway 21, across from the gravel access road to the south end of Hunter Street.


Garbage pickers

St. Anthony's students clean up shore line

Bridget, in back, and Lauren Duinering were picking litter off the beach Wednesday evening as part of St. Anthony’s Coastal Clean-up project. The Catholic school holds the event in conjunction with a staff-student-parent barbecue each September. (Josh Howald photo)


Knights roll through first week

KDSS teams go undefeated

It was a week of wins for the Kincardine District Secondary District School Knights.

KDSS volleyball, soccer and golf teams opened the BAA regular seasons with wins right across the board.

Monday at KDSS, the senior girls basketball team opened the BAA season with a 52-14 win over the Chesley District High School Cougars. Coach Vince Jennsen said the squad had a balanced attack, with 10 different players putting points on the board. Taylor Schmidt scored a game high 13 points.

The junior basketball team also handily defeated the Cougars. Carly Schmidt had a game high 14 points, while Taylor Risteen and Jessica Smith each added six in the 35-16 victory.

Both teams are in action today in Port Elgin.


'Dogs improve to 3-0

Fire 70+ shots at Mount Forest net

It was hardly a boring night for Brad Unruh.

It was a long one, however, for the Mount Forest Patriots net minder, who faced a whopping 74 shots from the Kincardine Bulldogs Saturday night. A 65-save performance still left his team on the wrong side of a 9-1 loss.

It was Kincardine’s second win of the weekend, as the Bulldogs skated to a 6-2 win Friday night in Goderich at the Sifto Centre.


Up Close and Personal

Students at Kincardine Township-Tiverton Public School got up close and personal with a cow Wednesday afternoon. A pair of the animals were brought to the school as part of school milk day. In addition to the livestock,each student received a carton of milk. Rylee Evans, front, and Mackenna Johnston were among those who moved in for a closer look at the animals. (Kiel Edge photo)

 


Business as usual at Pharmasave

Gordon’s Pharmasave is changing hands at the end of the month, but customers shouldn’t see many changes to Kincardine’s only downtown drug store.

Ron and Marla Chapleau have confirmed that they have sold the business to a pair of businessmen. After more than two years of working seven-days-a-week, the Chapleaus decided it was time for a change.

“We’re hopefully going to keep working here; just a little less often,” Ron said Wednesday. “We’re finding a balance between being pharmacists and being parents, with more (emphasis) on the parent side.”

The couple has young children and realized this was an excellent time to cut back on their hours of work. The new owners are looking for someone to come in and take over the day-to-day management of the pharmacy.


Preparing for emergencies

The quiet road leading up to Tiverton’s arena was transformed into a tragic accident scene Friday as Tiverton fire crews and local bus drivers added a dose of reality to their training sessions.

One school bus sat completely on its side in the middle of the parking lot. A second was surrounded by emergency crews as it sat precariously in a ditch beside the fire station.

“We’ve held discussions about (what to do) in these situations,” said Ross Young Bus Lines’ Ken Young. “But, going through it is another.”