Bruce Power beach bash set for Kincardine

Bruce Power is planning to take over Kincardine’s Reunion Park this July for its annual beach party celebrations.

The company alternates the location of its annual summer party among the municipalities it supports. This year, it’s Kincardine’s turn again.

“We’re doing this to thank the people who support us,” said organizer Judi Chambers.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on July 18, Bruce Power is offering a free night of family fun on the beach. Proposed activities include volleyball, children’s games, free food and fireworks. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend.

Cottager looks to remove groynes from lakeshore

Tony Steer is ready to take some of Point Clark’s algae problem into his own hands.

The Amberley Beach cottager plans to remove the 13 groynes that exist along the shoreline between Amberley and Point Clark. Taking away the rock structures will help to lessen the algae problem that has impacted the beach for the last few summers.

Steer has spoken with his neighbours on the beach and has arranged to have their groynes removed. He wants Huron-Kinloss council’s help to contact the land owners further along the shoreline to drum up support for his plan.

A local contractor has been consulted and it will cost $5,000 to remove each of the 13 rock structures. The groynes were built in the early 1960s by cottage owners hoping to use them to launch their boats in the shallow water.

Kincardine vet honoured for efforts

Dr. Roger Thomson gets OMVA award for African poultry project

A Kincardine veterinarian is being recognized for his work in Tanzania, Africa.

Dr. Roger Thomson was presented with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Award of Merit Saturday morning in Toronto at the 2009 OVMA Conference and Trade Show.

“It is great to be recognized,” said Thomson in a phone interview Friday morning. “But what I really appreciate is the fact people have taken the interest to find out about the things that we’ve done and I think it will really help the project move along.”

The project he refers to is the Ilima Poultry Project in Tanzania. Vets Without Borders (VWB) is currently in the middle of a three-year project integrating Rhode Island Reds (a variety of chicken) to the local free range chicken flock.

Be careful

Be careful

Fruit cakes seem to be abounding these days. Maybe it’s the snow, I don’t know.

A couple of weeks ago, a television clip said that the Wiarton Willie committee had a weekend in Wiarton for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of $700 plus.

Organizers were apparently surprised that no one had bid on a weekend of standing in the cold watching an albino groundhog forecast six more weeks of winter.

I wouldn’t spend a weekend in Wiarton in February if you paid me $700.

Willie saw his shadow Monday morning and says there will indeed be six more weeks of winter.

*In the U.S.A., the pipe major of an Ohio band, after years of service, was given a six-month suspension from his duties.

Why? When the pipe band marched by President Barak Obama during his inauguration, the pipe major nodded at the president. This is apparently a no, no, although I wonder if Obama even saw the nod.

Out of the way

Kincardine Scottish member Marlene Reid carries in the haggis Saturday evening at the band's annual Robbie Burns super at the Davidson Centre. Sunday was the 250th anniversary of the birth of Burns, the famous Scottish bard. In a new twist this year, Reid carried the haggis on a set of antlers, complete with skull, which puzzled many in the audience. (Eric Howald photo)

New physician recruiter takes over in Kincardine

The face has changed, but the methods Kincardine will use to recruit doctors is staying exactly the same.

Margo Eno, a longtime medical clinic employee and Kincardine resident, has taken over the lead role in Kincardine’s physician recruitment efforts from Lynn Bos. Eno said her love of the community she lives and works in makes her an excellent choice for the job.

“I’ve worked with our doctors for 13 years and seen how hard they work,” Eno said in her third week on the job. “They need help and I am happy to do it.”

Ripley wind turbines causing health problems

Group wants council to intervene

Don Quixote tilted at windmills; a group of Huron-Kinloss residents would rather see them torn down.

Sandy MacLeod led a delegation at Huron-Kinloss council to discuss health problems they have suffered since the construction of wind turbines near their homes.

MacLeod said she has chronic ringing in the ears, headaches and higher blood pressure since the Suncor wind project began producing electricity last year. Glen Wylds, another land owner living near a turbine, said he suffers from similar symptoms.

The group wants council to look more closely at the health concerns caused by Suncor and Acciona’s decisions on how to transport the generated electricity. The residents said they have spoken with the two energy companies but have received no response to their problems.

Policing contract set to jump 10 per cent

It’s about to cost Kincardine a lot more to keep its streets safe.

South Bruce OPP Inspector Paul Holmes told council Jan. 21 its current service contract with the OPP expires May 2. Increases in officer salaries and equipment costs mean Kincardine’s new contract will be significantly more expensive.

Holmes said Kincardine’s increase is expected to be $195,686.66 per year for the new five-year contract. That’s an increase of 9.68 per cent over the current costs.

Cookie lady brings smiles to Kincardine's blood donors

In Kincardine, the strategy is simple: come to give blood, but stay for the cookies.

For the last six years Lena Clelland has been making cookies for Kincardine’s blood donor clinic. Six times a year, she spends days preparing to help the community’s blood donors with a tasty treat.

“Even if just one person says they are good that’s worth the whole thing,” says Clelland.

Clelland estimates she bakes at least 100 dozen cookies for each clinic, held two months after the previous. She has always been a supporter of Canadian Blood Services, but since she has been unable to donate blood, donating her time is the next best thing.

Winter Wonderland?

George Czarnogorski was one of many Kincardine residents digging out after another winter storm dumped snow in the area on Saturday. Despite the work, he was still smiling while clearing his driveway Sunday morning. (Kiel Edge photo)