Humming in the Rain

Trying to stay dry through Saturday night's massed pipe band parade were, from left, Deb Leyden, Bob Ward, Glenna Hannah and Norma Ward. Spirits were the only thing not dampened at the Saturday night parade. (Josh Howald photo)


Strange but steady tourism season

Day-trippers replace stay-at-home Americans

Three kids in beach clothes lick multicoloured ice-cream they just bought from Glenna Angus's Scoop & Save store.
Tourists and cottagers such as these have made up a large part of Angus's summer clientele at the Harbour Street shop for the past 25 years.

This season has been steady, she says, despite spurting gas prices, unsettled weather and a drooping economy.
"It's been good. It's in probably with last year, even a bit better because we had the Old Boys (& Girls Reunion)," she says.
Special events such as the reunion, Scottish and music festivals

have been sure bets to lure visitors to Kincardine in an otherwise uncertain season, says Kelly McDonald, Kincardine's tourism co-ordinator.


Harbor Beach delegates suitably impressed by Kincardine

 

Delegates from Kincardine's sister city - Harbour Beach, MI, - enjoyed a weekend in town. Harbour Beach's council attended the massed band festivities, toured the wind turbines and crusied Canadian waters in the Mysis rescue boat. The delegates, joined here by some of Kincardine's councillors, are, from left, Ron Hewitt, Jean and Al Kleinknecht, mayors Robert Swartz and Larry Kraemer, Dolores Tunewicha, Pauline Ward, Gord Campbell, Jean and Larry Goniewicha. (Josh Howald photo)

It was his first visit to Kincardine, but the town looked awfully familiar to Robert Swartz.
"It's pretty much the same," as Harbor Beach, Michigan, he said, where Swartz is mayor. "Harbor Beach is a little smaller...and the lake's on the other side," he quipped.


Davidson Centre back-up blip blows bookings

If you booked a room at the Davidson Centre during this spring or summer, it might not be yours.
Bookings made between May 1 and July 31 have been lost because they were not properly backed up on the recreation centre computer system.

Whether you rented a space six months or two years in advance, if you booked it during that three-month period, Davidson Centre staff urge you to call and confirm that it's still recorded.

The loss was hardware-related, says recreation director Karen Kieffer.
It only affected Davidson Centre rooms, including the meeting room, sun room, Kincardine Hall and arena floor.
The recreation department's own bookings remain intact, as have soccer field, pool, park and sports field rentals.
Staff discovered the back-up blip three weeks ago, while Kieffer was on vacation.


Enbridge project on schedule

The first group of turbines to go up at the Enbridge wind farm north of Tiverton are now in the commissioning process says general manager Bob Simpson.

The turbines are undergoing rigorous testing to ensure that everything is working properly.
Simpson says the project is on schedule and the first group of turbines should be producing power for the grid by mid­September.
All 110 turbines should be producing for the grid by the end of the year, he says.


Nice Play

Cassidy Murray-Culmer makes a nice play to stop Curtis Chapleau of Ripley Green Acres during the first half of the under-8 championship game Saturday afternoon. The Green Acres squad edged out Kincardine McDonalds 4-3 to claim the league title. (Josh Howald photo)


First Skate '08

Tim Dwinnell

Bulldog veteran Tim Dwinnell jokes around at Kincardine's first skate Sunday night. Hard to believe, but this year Dwinnell is returning for a seventh season with the Bulldogs. This will be his last, however, as he is one of four overage players the Dogs are permitted to sign. (Josh Howald photo)


Hospital board ignores public's concern

Doctors refuse to accept physio decision

The people have spoken.
However, the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board didn't get the message.
A month ago, Kincardine doctors heard the SBGHC would be replacing the physiotherapy department at the Kincardine hospital with a private company.

July 31, a rally at the bottom of the hospital hill drew hundreds of protestors. That evening the doctors made a presentation to the board and produced a 3,600-name petition against the change.

The SBGHC board said it would review the situation Aug. 6 and then put off its answer until Aug. 13.
However, it appears the decision was made before the evening of the 13th.

Dr. Lisa Roth phoned The Independent that afternoon to say the physio equipment was being packed up. Some went into storage while some was moved elsewhere.

Replacing the physio department with a private firm means that all out-patients will now have to pay for their physiotherapy - unless they have a private health plan.


Kincardine musician creates theme for Hockey Night in Canada

Looking for voting support
Jeff MacDonald
Jeff MacDonald

The original Hockey Night in Canada theme is a great piece of music, says Kincardine native Jeff MacDonald.
When the CBC decided to replace it, he wanted to “write a great theme that is a testament to the love the fans show for what Hockey Night in Canada means to them.”

The CBC has received more than 650 entries to its contest and hockey fans can listen and vote on them by going to http://anthemchallenge.cbc.ca/. Click on anthem gallery, says MacDonald, and then in the search box type Jeff MacDonald Slap Shot. If you like his theme, give it high vote, he asks.


Acne-faced youth tries purse snatch

South Bruce OPP officers are on the lookout for a teenage boy after an attempted purse snatching in downtown Kincardine.
A 59-year-old woman left her Queen Street home Aug. 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. As she walked, a young man attempted to steal her purse from behind. The suspect pushed her to the ground, but couldn’t make off with the purse.

The attack left the victim with minor injuries. The suspect fled immediately. Police describe the boy as 15-16 years of age, with acne on his face. He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, baggie blue jeans and new white running shoes at the time of the attack.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attack, or seen anyone of that description is asked to call the South Bruce OPP or Crimestoppers.