Province should have reached out to school boards, Bluewater director says


By Barb McKay


Bluewater District School Board’s (BWDSB) director of education says the province should have engaged with Ontario school boards regarding changes to the curriculum, but has instead set a tone of mistrust and discipline.


Shop for a good cause at the Clothes Hamper


By Tammy Schneider


Perhaps you have gained a few pounds and clothes don’t fit as well as they used to, or are looking for a few key accessories to bump up your current wardrobe. A trip to The Clothes Hamper may be just what you need.


Kincardine Summer Music Festival mentors next generation of musicians


Students Faith Takacs and Brendon Bull enjoyed a successful week of lessons during the Kincardine Summer Music Festival thanks to great teachers. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Ripley food gardens broken into for third time


By Barb McKay


The Bruce Botanical Food Gardens (BBFG) in Ripley has once again been targeted by thieves.


The break-in on Aug. 10 was the third such incident in less than less than two months. The first break-in occurred on June 20 where cash and heirloom seeds were stolen. This time, culprits left empty-handed.


Walking to end Parkinson’s disease


By Tammy Schneider


On Sept. 9 at 1 p.m., a group of local residents will lace up their running shoes and walk in support of a common cause, to end Parkinson’s disease and provide support for those already diagnosed.


Held at North Shore Park in Saugeen Shores, the walk will include people of all ages and backgrounds, including local resident Eleanor Thompson and daughter Nancy Alexander. Thompson’s son Tom was diagnosed with the disease at age 60, and this will be her third year participating.



Mary-Kate Duggan and Ava Ferguson were enchanted by the Sunset Fairy during the Kincardine BIA Street Park on Queen Street on Aug. 12. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Host families urgently needed for international students


By Barb McKay


With less than three weeks to go until the start of the school year, several host families are still needed to take in international students.


Nearly 200 students from South America and Europe will spend a semester at nine schools, including Kincardine and District Secondary School (KDSS). This is the sixth consecutive year that the Avon Maitland District School Board has hosted the international program that allows visiting students to learn a new language and experience a different culture while continuing their education.


Kinloss teen lighting up the stock car track at Varney


By Barb McKay


At 15 years old, Dawson Urbanek is already a stock car racing veteran.


In his fourth season at Varney Speedway, Dawson has more experience on the track than racers many years his senior and he is currently leading his class in points this season with nearly 20 wins under his belt.


“This year has been the best year so far in my career,” Dawson said from his home in Kinloss on Friday. “I’m far more improved from last year.”


KIPP Trail close to reaching fundraising goal

by Barb McKay


Work on the long-awaited Kincardine to Inverhuron Provincial Park (KIPP) Trail could begin next spring.


Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) president Brad Kirkconnell said the committee has raised more than $200,000 of its $240,000 fundraising goal.


“We’ll be putting the push on in the new year because the natural gas project will be getting underway,” he said.