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)

A warm treat

Friday night's rain and cool temperatures didn't stop Mikaela, 6, and Mitchell Hackett, 3, from enjoying Kincardine's Home Town Christmas. Cups of hot chocolate helped the pair keep warm. (Kiel Edge photo)

Fundraising benefit for Scout Hall repairs

Two local businesses have started a fundraising drive to offset the cost of repairs to the Scout Hall on Lambton Street in Kincardine.

The Coast FM and The Bruce Bar and Grill want to raise $13,000 to help Kincardine Scouting erase a $15,500 to Scouts Canada.

Nancy Jackson, the group commissioner of Kincardine Scouting, says the group’s trouble started last Christmas when this area endured a number of heavy rains.

The water undermined the cement slab holding up the back wall of the building, causing damage to the slab and the back wall.

The local scouts didn’t have enough money in reserves to cover the repairs and the organization had to borrow money from Scouts Canada to make the repairs.

Council approves new landfill design

Kincardine council has agreed to spend an extra $100,000 to try and get an additional 10 years out of the Ward 2 landfill.

Conestoga Rovers and Associates presented council with an update on its work to expand the landfill site once Ward 1 reaches capacity in 2010. During its design of the new site, the engineers found a number of problems that could lead to problems down the road.

The initial plan called for a 30 acre landfill site to be put into use in the existing landfill. The site would be used with minimal excavation. Garbage would be placed directly on the existing ground surface, on a five degree slope. Due to the sand and silt soil, waste water would be washed away down the hill.

LHINs, board set Kincardine hospital's direction

The future of Kincardine’s hospital will be shaped jointly by the efforts of the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the board of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC).

LHINs are a not-for-profit crown agency set up by the Ontario government to work with local health providers. The LHINs are in charge of funding hospitals, but won’t allocate how care is provided in each hospital. LHINs are run by a nine-person board of directors, as well as a full staff.

Earlier this year, LHIN representatives met with each of the 20 hospitals in the south west region. Each hospital had to sign an accountability agreement with the LHIN that lays out funding and services requirements at each hospital until 2010.

Penetangore River gets poor rating from SVCA

The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority’s (SVCA) watershed report cards are out, and the news isn’t good for Kincardine.

Martha Nicol of the SVCA presented reports to council Nov. 12 on the two watersheds within the municipality’s borders – the Penetangore River watershed and the Lake Fringe watershed, which runs along the shore of Lake Huron.

The report cards were completed several months ago and contain letter grades for each watershed in a series of categories. The results were calculated over a five-year period, from 2002-2006.

“No water systems got an A (overall),” said Nicol. “That kind of surprised me.”

Dog missing after crash

A two-vehicle collision on Highway 9 east of Bervie in Kincardine Township Nov. 12 sent a Guelph woman to hospital.

South Bruce OPP say a 53-year-old Kincardine Township man was reversing his tractor-trailer into his driveway on Highway #9 when a westbound 2008 Altima driven by a Guelph woman, 67,ran into the side of the tractor-trailer.

The Nissan Altima received extensive front-end damage. The driver was transported to the Kincardine Hospital. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

There were two dogs in the Nissan and one ran off and is yet to be located. The dog is a Miniature Collie named Kayleigh. She is white and light brown and was last seen near Tiverton.

Police are still assisting with the search of the dog and are requesting citizens to contact the South Bruce OPP if it is located.