Community Achievement Award nominees announced

The nominees for this year’s Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Awards have been unveiled.

This year’s Community Achievement Awards gala will be held at the Best Western Plus Governor’s Inn April 2.

Jim Tripp, Brad Kirkconnell and Linda Bowers are in the running to be named the 2016 Bruce Power Citizen of the Year.

Retiring Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne has been nominated for the SuperHeat FGH Business Person of the Year award, along with Matthew Moore and Brad and Melanie Pyke. Jessica Cormier of Jessica Cormier Studios, Kaitlin Young of MacG’s House of Fashion and Patrick Main and Kasey King of Pick Studios have all been nominated for the Bruce Telecom Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.


Mailboxes pried open in town

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating several reports of Canada Post community mailboxes being pried open in Kincardine between March 3 and March 6.

The affected Canada Post sites reported were on Saugeen, James, Kingsway and St. Albert streets in Kincardine, Penetangore Row and Boiler Beach Road in Huron Twp.

Police said it was unknown what was taken, but residents that use any of the affected sites should be aware that mail could be missing. The OPP's website, www.opp.ca, contains a number of useful resources, tips and links to help protect you from fraud, scams and identity theft. The crimes are troubling, considering it is tax season and mail at this time of year could easily contain personal information - SIN numbers for example, which makes identity theft a real threat.

Suspicious vehicles or persons should be reported to police immediately so that an officer can investigate.


Lots of socks

Karen McInnis is the face of Lots of Socks at JB's Lingerie. Store windows in Kincardine have lots of socks on display right now in order to raise awareness of Down Syndrome. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Fire destroys home in former Bruce Township

A fire that destroyed a home on Concession 12 near Underwood early Friday morning is being investigated as possible arson, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the home’s owners.

 

According to the page, two of the home’s occupants Sharon and Kristin Stewart managed to get out of the home and a third occupant, Andy Stewart, was at work at the time. Three dogs and a cat perished in the fire. Another cat, a chinchilla and a snake were able to be rescued.

 


Municipality hires new public works director

After a lengthy search, the Municipality of Kincardine will soon have a public works director.

 

Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke announced on Thursday that Adam Weishar will take over the role on May 9. Weishar is joining the Kincardine municipal staff after being employed with the Municipality of South Bruce. He has 10 years of experience in civil engineering, administration and management, finance and budgeting and fleet procurement.

 


Provincial finals even at 1-1

Kincardine atoms host Lambeth for Game 3 Friday

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks split the first two games of the OMHA atom B championship series with Lambeth.

Aiden Renaud fires a long wrist shot at the Lambeth net Friday during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B finals at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Game 3 of this series will be played Friday night in Kincardine.

Lambeth stole a win in Kincardine in Game 1 Friday night, but the atoms bounced back with a 4-1 win in Game 2 of the provincial finals Saturday night on the road.


Kincardine athletes celebrate Special Olympic gold medal wins

By Barb McKay

 

A week after returning from the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Kincardine’s gold medal athletes are still on cloud nine.

 

The Kincardine curling team of Ryan Brodhagen, Tyler Jilek, Jackie McDonald and Chris Weese of Kincardine and Gary Nuhn of Owen Sound and Kincardine figure skater Rosie Laidler all came home with some serious hardware. The curling team earned gold after winning all of its games and Laidler won a gold medal for her free skate performance and silver for her solo dance.


BIg Bowling

Peterson Wolf, 9, has his eye on a strike as he releases the bowling ball during the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kincardine and District Bowl for Kids Sake on Saturday. The event, in its 30th year, raised $30,000 for mentoring programs and activities. The top earner was Lindsay Syrett who brought in $2,905.15. The second highest amount was $1,610 raised by Vickie Cahill and third went to Jody Slesser, who brought in $885. The No Drama Llamas was the team with the most pledges ($3,325). (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine beach safety plan includes no swimming zone, beach patrols

By Barb McKay

 

The municipality will take several steps this year to improve safety at Station Beach.

 

An aquatic safety audit of the Kincardine beach has been completed by the Lifesaving Society and was presented to municipal council during its meeting last week. The report by the national organization of lifeguard experts came with an extensive list of recommendations, but there is not expected to be significant cost in implementing them.

 


Canada on the right track, says nuclear waste expert

Finding the right way to store nuclear waste

By Josh Howald

Tom Isaacs sounded more like a social worker than a scientist.

Tom Isaacs Wednesday morning. (Josh Howald photo)