Keep an eye on that sow

From the Middle Ages until the early 1800s in Europe, animals were often charged with criminal offences such as murder and ended up in court.

Indeed, there were lawyers who made a living in Europe defending animals, says Dr. Jacqueline Faubert, a professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University.

There are two theories as to why animals were charged. The Bible, for example, says that animals can be possessed. The other explanation is that charging a person’s animal is society’s way of sending a message to the animal’s owner. Hanging a man’s pig, for example, would be quite onerous to his family as the pig would provide food for the winter.

Although animals could end up in court, they likely had more rights then they have today, says Faubert who moved to Kincardine last year.

Faubert, who has always been interested in history was the guest speaker at the Walker House Tuesday of last week.

Nose for the net

Matt Helm fires a shot that eludes Sacred Heart’s goalkeeper Tuesday afternoon. Ellis’ goal was  the first of the game in a 4-2 KDSS win over the visiting SHHS Crusaders. (Josh Howald photo)

Dogs pound Patriots 9-2

Blake Underwood and Tim Dwinnell combined for 12 points as the Kincardine Bulldogs pounded Mount Forest 9-2 Friday night on the road.


Underwood had hattrick for the 'Dogs and added three helpers, while Dwinnell scored twice and picked up four assists.


Devin Kemp, Dave Chessell, Ben Larsen and recent pick-up Brock Spencer each scored once in the win.


George Grammanopolous stopped 14 shots to earn his second win in goal for the first place Bulldogs, who improve to 7-0-1 on the season.


Points not a problem

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team put a royal beating on Saugeen District last week.

The Knights amassed an incredible 76 points in Wednesday afternoon’s affair, which they won by more than 50 points.

Jessica Quinn grabs possession of the ball as she collides with a Saugeen District Secondary School player during BAA basketball action Wednesday afternoon at the high school. The lady Knights pounded the visiting Royals 76-24. (Josh Howald photo)

It was 34-10 for Kincardine at the half, and it ended a lopsided 76-24.

The score actually could have been worse.

Bottle drive

Kincardine Beaver Mattew Bushell, 6, holds a box of cans ready for collection during Saturday's Scouts bottle drive in the Foodland parking lot. (Kiel Edge photo)

Grant money sparks spending spree

The municipality of Kincardine should see a rash of new projects underway thanks to a $721,784 grant from the Ontario Government.

Councillors and senior staff have selected seven projects to fund with the cash – given out through the Investing in Ontario Act Grant Program. At its Oct. 16 meeting, council hammered out a list of suitable projects from a shopping list of capital projects.

The largest chunk of cash – approximately $250,000 - will go to the Huron Terrace Bridge project. Kincardine is on the hook for $1.2-million of its total cost, and the grant will help to soften the blow on the 2009 capital budget.

“We’ve got a good spread of money going throughout the municipality,” said councillor Ken Craig. “This is a big project.”

Let's get to the facts

Councillor Ken Craig stated I was a bad guy for slagging CAO John DeRosenroll and he didn’t want any part of my discussion to Kincardine council.

Craig wanted a public position so he should stand up when the going gets tough. This is the same guy that stood in my living room and stated in front of a group of us that he couldn't wait for a health study on wind turbines because he had $30,000 coming his way from lease agreements.

Is council refusing to look at the bylaws in front of it, forcing me to legal action? This is how residents are treated in this community. No open discussion, just do as we say!

Hockey should be a dream, not an obsession

Wendel Clark speaks at Easter Seals banquet

Wendel Clark can spend hours telling stories of his hockey career; just don’t ask him to re-enact it.

Clark retired from the National Hockey League in 2000, after 15 seasons in the league. A lifetime of hard hits and fights took its toll on his 5’11” frame and now, he says, his body won’t let him continue to play in retirement.

“I retired because of health, not age,” Clark says. “(I coach my son’s teams) but I only play three or four times a year in charity games. My body just doesn’t like (hockey) as much as it used to.”

Wolves drown Rats in opener

Ripley skates to 9-1 win

The Ripley Wolves put a 9-1 beating on the Nottawasaga River Rats Friday night in Ripley's home opener.


The Wolves opened the WOAA Senior A men's hockey regular season by beating the Rats, formerly known as the Georgian Bay River Rats 9-1.


Travis VanGaver and Jeremy McQuillin each scored twice in what was a chippy and rough affair at the Ripley-Huron Community Complex.


The newly acquired Shawn Detzler also scored for Ripley in the win. Detzler, a former member of the Mildmay Monarchs, did not play last season. He should add some more scoring punch to an already offensively gifted hockey team.


Termites enjoy Curling Club

The Kincardine Curling Club has long been enjoyed by many – including the local termite population.

The curling club, located on Kincardine Avenue, is undergoing major repairs after serious termite damage was found on the structure’s north side.

Five major laminated wood support beams on the north side are  being replaced with steel beams at a cost of $10,000, said Kincardine Curling Club president Jim Prenger. The money will come from the curling club’s reserve funds.

Steel siding was put on the building about four years ago, said Prenger. Last year there was evidence of termite damage. This summer some of the steel siding was removed and severe damage found.