Santa gets "bumped" in Ripley

An emergency Sunday evening during Ripley’s 8th annual Christmas in the Park parade almost left Santa without a ride.

As the 6 p.m. parade made its way to Lewis Park, three fire trucks, one of which was to transport Santa, added a touch of mystery. With sirens wailing, they stopped at the main intersection and headed west towards Highway 21.

Fortunately, another float was able to back track and pick up Santa and deliver him to Lewis Park where a long line-up of youngsters was waiting to greet him.

“Emergencies always come first,” said Santa. “The slight delay was no inconvenience at all. I was impressed by the good crowd at the parade and in Lewis Park.”

Christmas in the Park is sponsored by the Ripley Business Community, Ripley and District Lions Club and Bruce Power.  

Scout fundraiser over the top

Few fundraisers go as well as this one did.

Two local companies started a  campaign a couple of  weeks ago to raise $13,000 to help Kincardine Scouting erase a $15,000 debt to Scouts Canada.

 When it ended Friday evening, more than $37,000 had been raised.

 The Coast FM, one of the sponsors, took phone pledges while the Bruce Bar and Grill, the other sponsor, set up a fundraising dinner for this past Friday evening.

Some good news

It’s good to see that the Olympic flame will pass through Kincardine a year from now on its 106-day journey across Canada to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. It is to arrive there Feb. 12, 2010.

The closest the Olympic flame has ever come to Kincardine is Orangeville which is a two-hour drive away.

A look at the back issues of The Independent reveals that Phil Parker, a Grade 8 student at Elgin Market Public School , on Jan. 7, 1988, ran one kilometer of the Olympic Relay on Highway 9, 22 km outside of Orangeville.

The Grade 7 and 8 classes from the school went down to see Phil run but most of the class missed the run after the bus was delayed by bad weather and traffic.

The 1988 run was the longest Olympic Torch relay in history. The one a year from now will break that record – it is 45,000 km in length.

Phil, by the way, is now the swim coach at Laurentian University.

Council agrees on clinic expansion

Kincardine’s medical community is getting a slimmed-down and less expensive addition to the community medical clinic following a decision Monday night by Kincardine council.

Parkin Architects met with council in a special meeting to present a revised design for the clinic’s expansion. The approved plan calls for a 5,500 sq. ft addition to be constructed on the west side of the current clinic.

The one-floor addition includes a waiting area, seven examination rooms and enough space for five doctor’s offices. A large area near the entrance is set aside for administration and the storage of medical records.

Snowy ride

It wasn't all work for Kincardine's residents after the weekend's snow fall. Three-year-old Casey Beisel took advantage of the fresh powder by sledding with her brother Jordan Saturday morning. (Kiel Edge photo)

Council back public hospital meeting

Kincardine council has left it in the public’s hands to plot the future course of Kincardine’s hospital.

Councillor Ron Hewitt brought forward a motion Nov. 19 asking council to discuss what the next step is following last month’s health care stakeholders meeting. Hewitt wanted council to consider a public meeting to see how ratepayers think the municipality should proceed.

“The status quo is not working,” Hewitt said. “Our next option is to see what the public wants.”

Earlier in the meeting, the Friends of the Hospital, a renegade group seeking de-amalgamation from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, told council it is holding a public meeting at the Davidson Centre Dec. 9. The meeting will be used to discuss the reality of separating from the hospital board.

Former Westario building to be community learning centre

The municipality’s distance education centre has a new home in downtown Kincardine.

Council agreed in principle Nov. 19 to use the vacant Westario building on Queen Street to house the distance education centre, run by Ontario’s e-learn network.

For the past year, the centre has been housed at the Bruce Technology Training Centre outside of Tiverton. The building’s owners now need the space back and the asked the centre to find a new home by Jan. 1.

Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer has been working with the centre to find it a permanent home for the past 18 months. He brought a proposal to council outlining why the Westario building was the best possible fit.

The Big Dump

Good luck finding a shovel in Kincardine after last weekend’s snowfall.

Approximately 18 inches of snow fell in town Friday night, and residents woke up Saturday with the daunting task of digging themselves out.

The one-night snow fall combined with the foot-and-half of snow that fell earlier in the week to cover most of the town in deep snow. Plows worked into Saturday afternoon to clear the local streets.

The white stuff made shovels a valued commodity. Kincardine Canadian Tire sold three trailers full of shovels. Store staff estimates that approximately 1,000 shovels flew off the shelves. Home Hardware also had a banner weekend, as it sold its entire stock of shovels.

Knights win hockey opener

The Kincardine District Secondary School Knights opened the season with a 7-5 win yesterday in Meaford.

KDSS controlled the play in Thursday’s game against the Georgian Bay Secondary School Vikings from the start. The Knights built up a 7-3 lead and the Vikings scored a pair of late goals to make it close.

Brandon Mullen scored twice and added an assist for the Knights.

Other KDSS goals were from Scott Beaton, Garret Meurs, Charles Palmer, Jared Colling and Josh Gauthier.

Meurs had three helpers to finish with four points in the game. Other assists went to Beaton, Zac MacIntosh and Shawn Stewart.

Santa smiles

Catherine and Keira Hazzard  have a face-to-face meeting with Santa Claus during Friday night's Home Town Christmas in Kincardine. (Kiel Edge photo)