Season a sweet one for maple syrup producers

By Barb McKay


This is the time of year that winter-weary Canadians have eagerly awaited. Warm sunshine is bringing out the buds on trees and shrubs and sap that has been running out of maple trees for weeks now is bubbling away in steel vats, thickening into sweet maple syrup.


Indulging in pancakes dripping with maple syrup is as much a part of being Canadian as playing hockey and Ontario alone is home to more than 400 producers.


Peter Neve operates the Sugarhouse Studio near Cargill and is currently in the process of bottling 700 litres of liquid gold. In his 20 years of making maple syrup, he says this season stands out.

Expo putting

Mitchell Hackett lines up a putt Sunday afternoon at the Kincardine Expo hosted by the Kincardine Chamber of Commerce on the weekend at the Davidson Centre. That's his grandmother Shirley Hackett and sister Mikaela Hackett waiting for their turn. (Josh Howald photo)

Beefway cardboard bins removed

Cardboard will no longer be accepted at The Beefway property.


The cardboard bins were removed from the lot last Wednesday due to misuse and violation of the posted rules.


Cardboard was being piled on the ground around the bins and bags of garbage had been deposited there, as well.


Daylight break-in in Huron Twp.

More than an estimated $5,000 worth of property was stolen in a daylight break-in in Huron Twp. on April 19.

Police said a home on Carloway Trail was forcibly entered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The list of stolen property includes an Apple MacBook, gold necklaces, gold earrings, gold bracelets and a pearl necklace.

Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Branch for beach

Georgia Caslick, 4, and sister Sophia, 5, were a big help to staff from The Co-Operators who performed a beach clean-up at Station Beach Saturday morning. Staff from the Kincardine branch of CIBC also held a beach clean-up event. (Barb McKay photo)

Development charges could double in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


Developers could pay more to build within the Municipality of Kincardine.


The municipality is undergoing a review of its current development fees for both residential and non-residential development. The province requires municipalities to take an indepth look at its fees every five years and Kincardine’s current development charges bylaw is set to expire in July.


Bruce Telecom looks to form municipal services corporation

By Barb McKay

Bruce Telecom is planning a transition from a municipal services board to a municipal services corporation in order to keep the telecommunications company competitive, according to its board chair.

The announcement came following a closed door meeting held by Municipality of Kincardine council last Monday evening where Bruce Telecom board members, president Bart Cameron, council and the municipality’s lawyer Mark Rodger of Borden Ladner Gervais discussed the structure of the business moving forward. Bruce Telecom’s future has been held, for the most part, in limbo since the failed sale of the company to Eastlink following an intervention by the federal Competition Bureau in 2014.

Setting sun

The sunset was a particularly nice one Sunday evening over Lake Huron. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine earns youth friendly designation

Plan to establish youth council

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine is now sporting a new badge of honour after being named a youth-friendly community.


Youth Waves announced during last Wednesday’s council meeting that the municipality has earned its bronze level youth friendly community designation from the Ontario government. The status comes after three years of work on behalf of the Youth Waves organization, which had to convince council to offer up resources to support the endeavour.


Work to begin on municipal parking lot

By Barb McKay


At long last, the municipal parking lot between Queen and Princes streets in Kincardine will be reconstructed.


During its meeting last Wednesday, Municipality of Kincardine council agreed to hire Bill and Tom Kempton Construction Ltd., which submitted the lowest bid of $568,044 to do the work. The project includes increasing parking, fixing drainage issues, improving lighting, adding an electric vehicle charging station and adding public green space.