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Olympic star enjoys Kincardine

There was a touch of gold around the greens during the Crabby Joe's first annual golf tournament Thursday morning.
Two‑time Olympic gold medallist and Canadian national womenÆs hockey team mainstay Cherie Piper was at Ainsdale Golf Club to participate in the tournament and lend her support to the fundraiser for local minor sports.
"We all grew up playing minor sports. Without it, I wouldnÆt be where I am," Piper said before her golf round. "It's so important to have the chance to play. It keeps kids healthy and out of trouble."

Piper, a 27-year-old, is no stranger to the area. Her brother, Steve, and his wife live in Kincardine and she's a frequent visitor. Piper also plays for the Kincardine Crush womenÆs softball team and says trips to Lake Huron help her get away from life in Toronto.

"It's nice to visit. It's just a different atmosphere up here," she said. "When I come here, I can relax. It's refreshing."

2008 Reunion is ready to go

With the Old Boys and Girls reunion just a week away, organizers say Kincardine is ready for the festivities.
Reunion committee chairperson Laura Haight said Friday most of the organizational work is complete. The committee is still looking for a few volunteers to fill some blank spots, but, the major preparation work is complete.
"We're very close to being ready to go" Haight said. "There are a few little things to work out, but, we're really close."
Mark Yalden started planning with Kincardine's public works department almost two years ago. He's looked after infrastructure and logistics for the reunion - including sanitation, traffic, parking and tents.

The scale of his job has been huge. Plans call for six tents throughout the downtown, 50‑60 portable washrooms, numerous road barricades and traffic signs as well as 2,500 feet of fencing. Kincardine will also be the temporary home of OntarioÆs largest tent - a 200 ft by 100 ft behemoth that will sit near Station Beach.