Community rallies to restore historic church tower

 By Barb McKay

 

The restoration of the Tiverton Knox Presbyterian Church tower was truly a labour of love.

 

Last summer volunteers from the community came together to repair the 115-year-old tower with the help of Teeswater stone mason Michael Reinhardt. Together they repaired the crumbling brickwork on the tower and installed new stained glass windows. At the end of the day the project came in 14 per cent under budget.

 

“It’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” said Heather Catto, a member of the restoration committee. “We were truly blessed through the whole thing.”

 


Frozen water pipes persist, Kincardine seeks provincial funding

By Barb McKay

 

Frozen water lines continue to be a problem in Kincardine particularly on Durham Market South where an entire watermain is being replaced.

 

Kincardine’s public works manager of operations Don Houston was at last Wednesday’s municipal council meeting to request an emergency approval to replace the watermain that runs the length of Durham Market South from Queen Street to Princes Street. Huston said the frost caused lateral splits in the line and he presented photos of the dug up watermain with numerous leaks.

 


Dough stolen in bakery break-in

The South-Bruce OPP are investigating a break-in at Armstrong's Bakery in Lucknow.

Sometime between 7 p.m. on March 21 and 3 a.m. on March 23, the Campbell Street, Lucknow business was forcibly entered. A quantity of cash was taken. Nothing else was reported missing. There was no estimate available on the cost of repairs.

Police remind the public that suspicious vehicles and people should be reported as soon as possible so that officers can properly investigate. The South-Bruce OPP requests anybody with information to call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Wolves win Game 7

Will meet Shallow Lake in finals

When it came to crunch time, the Ripley Wolves stepped up.

Ripley celebrates the game winner late in the second period of Game 7 last night (Tuesday) in Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Wolves dumped the Milverton 4-Wheel Drives 5-2 last night in the village to end this back-and-forth WOAA Senior A semi-final series. Ripley faced elimination in Games 6 and 7, but battled back to win both comfortably. Ripley will now face the Shallow Lake Crushers in the WOAA A finals. The Crushers are coming off a five-game series win over Lucknow.


Ice to see ya again!

The sun was shining on Kincardine Harbour Monday morning on a beautiful day in Kincardine. These Canada Geese were busy splitting their time between the ice and the water. (Josh Howald photo)


Frozen water lines causing significant damage in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

 

Bob and Donna Lockwood had been out of their house just a few short hours when disaster struck.

 

 

Public works crews were hard at work last week dealing with a water main break on Durham Market South that left businesses without water. (Barb McKay photo)

 

 


United Way calls on Kincardine to help handle Westario disconnects

By Barb McKay

As the United Way of Bruce Grey struggles to keep up with a heavy load of requests for utility assistance, it is trying to convince Westario Power to provide more time before disconnecting users.

 


Overall tax rate increase for Kincardine residents is 2.94 per cent

Municipality of Kincardine residents will see an overall tax rate increase of 2.94 per cent, when county rates are factored in.

 

The education tax rate has not been finalized for 2015, but a zero per cent increase is assumed and the County of Bruce completed its budget for the year with a one per cent tax rate reduction. A resident with a property valued at $250,000, for example, can expect to see an overall tax increase of $80 on their annual tax bill.

 

A total of 48 per cent of tax revenue is retained by the municipality, while 34 per cent goes to the county and 18 per cent is allocated to education.

 


Happy St. Patty's Day!

The Kincardine Community Singers entertained the residents of Trillium Court last week with a St. Patrick's Day-themed performance. From left are Melody Smillie, John Binnendyk, Melanie Milne and Maria Riggin. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine inks new agreement with OPP

Municipality expects to save $400,000 this year

By Barb McKay

Kincardine has signed on for another six years with the OPP for policing services.

 

The decision was one that was accepted by most council members during last Wednesday’s meeting, but councillor Gord Campbell questioned the need for a school resource officer at Kincardine and District Secondary School. Campbell said he had been by the high school last week and had asked a few students about whether they thought it was worthwhile having an officer in the school.

 

“I don’t think we’re getting value for our money,” he said.