Highway 9 crash causes diesel spill

Shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday, South Bruce OPP responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 9 in Carrick Township involving a freight truck and Volkswagen Golf vehicle.

Initial investigation suggests that the Volkswagen, which was southbound on Highway 9, entered the northbound lane into the path of the freight truck.  In an effort to avoid a serious head-on collision, the truck, carrying 20,000 litres of molasses, entered the ditch and subsequently rolled in a field. Approximately 800 litres of diesel spilled. The Ministry of Environment had been notified.  The driver of the truck, a 43-year-old Woodstock man, was not injured.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a 24-year old Toronto man, was transported to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 9 between Sideroad 45 and Sideroad 50 remained closed for investigation and cleanup.


Kincardine woman charged with racing

Just minutes after Huron County OPP sent out a warning message to drivers to slow down on Thursday, officers found another driver driving at an excessive speed.

On Thursday morning, just after 11 a.m. a Huron County OPP officer observed a Nissan 350Z sports car travelling northbound on Highway 21 near Port Albert at a high rate of speed.  A speed measurement with a radar device clocked at 134 kilometres per hour in a posted 80 kilometres per hour zone.

A 56-year-old Kincardine woman has been charged with racing.  She has a court date scheduled for Sept. 20, 2016, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.  Her licence has been suspended for seven days and her vehicle is now impounded for the week.


Ramps make downtown Kincardine more accessible

A total of nine downtown Kincardine businesses are now more accessible after receiving ramps through the Community Ramp Project.

The project by the Stop Gap Foundation was adopted by the Kincardine Accessibility Advisory Committee, which worked with the Kincardine BIA to encourage businesses to sign up. There were 21 businesses in Kincardine with small single steps in front of their establishments who qualified to receive the ramps, which were built by students at Kincardine and District Secondary School.

Each business owner will display an “Access Ramp Available Upon Request” sign and individuals can arrange for the ramp to be put out in advance of their visit, their companion can enter the business and request the ramp or the signage will have the phone number for the business that they can call.


Kulik conquers Everest marathon

71st marathon in 25 years the toughest for Kincardine man

By Josh Howald

Running a marathon just wasn't challenging enough for Kincardine's Bogdan Kulik.

Bogdan Kulik last week at The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 

With little to no fanfare, Kulik cemented legendary status in local athletic lore recently when he was the only Canadian to finish the Tenzing Hilary Everest Marathon in the Himalayan Mountains.

"It is definitely the toughest marathon in the world," said the 67-year-old who had planned to run in the event last year, only to have plans fall through because of an earthquake.

"It was really, really tough," Kulik said.


New CEO at Bruce Power

Michael W. Rencheck has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power, starting Aug. 15.

 

Rencheck has served in a number of roles, most recently as Deputy Chief Operating Officer for AREVA. Prior to this, he served as president and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America and has also held a range of leadership positions including CNO at American Electric Power (AEP) and Senior Vice-President Engineering, Project and Field Services for AEP.

 


Obstacles?

Keelan Jacques, the youngster who dreamed up the idea of the Kincardine Cheetahs, hops a rock at the first annual Cheetahs Fun Run Obstacle Course at Mcpherson Park Saturday morning. Two dozen enthusiastic children showed up to race the obstacle course and left with a prize. (Josh Howald photo)


Bruce Power considering hooking up to municipal water

Municipality of Kincardine to develop master plan for water, wastewater services

By Barb McKay

A Municipality of Kincardine water and wastewater master plan could involve extending municipal water service to Bruce Power.

 

Public works director Adam Weishar introduced a proposal to develop a plan to maintain and upgrade services throughout the entire municipality during last Wednesday’s council meeting. In anticipation of the long-term refurbishment project at Bruce Power, scheduled to commence in 2020, which will create hundreds of new jobs, and the planned multi-residential West Ridge on the Lake development in Kincardine’s north end, the municipality should be taking a closer look at its water and wastewater system as a whole and plan for the future, he said.

 

“What we’re trying to do is look at the big picture instead of piecemeal.”


Seeya tomorrow

The sun sets over the Kincardine Harbour Sunday night. (Josh Howald photo)


Casting Connections calls on Kincardine

Model search in town on Monday

By Josh Howald

Want to be just another pretty face?

Steve Dutton of Casting Connections is hoping to find television's next crop of stars Monday night in Kincardine.

Dutton is calling on anybody interested in being in television to make an appointment to be seen Monday night in Kincardine. He is looking for fresh faces - from newborn babies to senior citizens and every age in between. Your size or background doesn't matter - it might be just what he needs.

"If I can see 40 to 50 people (Monday night), I will be a very happy guy," he said Friday afternoon from his Caledon office.

"There are good-sized parts and good-sized money," he said, adding that Casting Connections is not a school and does not sell portfolios.


Outdoor free-play piano coming to Kincardine Arts Centre

By Barb McKay

There will soon be a new place for piano aficionados to perform in Kincardine.

A free-play piano will be placed outside of the Kincardine Centre for the Arts, on the north side of the building, to allow pianists to practice and perform in public. This is just one of several recommendations that has come from the newly-formed Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee to promote arts in the community. The piano will be available for play during specified hours. Busking will not be permitted.

The idea was presented to the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday and created some intrigue.

“I’m interested to see how this initiative works,” said mayor Anne Eadie. “It worked well in a community (I visited) out west. People really seemed to enjoy it.”