Ice rental rates to increase in Ripley

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay

 

The township will increase ice rental rates at the Ripley Huron Community Centre rink, beginning Jan. 1.

 

Prime ice time (weekdays 4 p.m. to midnight and throughout the weekends) will jump from $130 per hour to $140 per hour. Tournament rates will increase from $80 per hour to $90 per hour and day rental rates will rise to $75 per hour from $65 per hour. The figure skating rate will increase from $75 plus HST to $85 plus HST. The rest of the rates include tax.

 


Residents demand public meeting regarding Bruce Telecom

By Barb McKay

Two former Kincardine municipal candidates are calling on council to hold a public meeting to answer questions about the future of Bruce Telecom.

 

Alex Eveleigh and Christina Roppel-Wahi appeared as a delegation at the inaugural council meeting last Wednesday to ask that a public meeting be held sometime in the new year.

 

“The public has ownership in Bruce Telecom and we need to keep that in mind,” Eveleigh said.

 


Santa visits Kincardine

The one and only Santa Claus made a visit to Kincardine Saturday for Kincardine's Santa Claus Parade. It was a chilly night for a parade, but Santa was prepared and spent time visiting with local youngsters following the annual event. Claus promised The Independent he would return to visit all the well-behaved youngsters on Christmas Eve. For more parade photos, see this week's print edition. (Josh Howald photo)


Roppel calls on Kincardine to repeal water pipeline bylaw

Councillor Randy Roppel will introduce a motion during tonight’s (Wednesday) council meeting to recind a bylaw requiring residents along the shoreline water pipeline to pay for the project.

 

During last week’s council meeting, Roppel informed council that he would be bringing the motion forward. The motion, if passed, would have the municipality refund payments already made by property owners along the pipeline and have staff present alternative options for eliminating the nearly $1.5 million stranded debt from the project.


CTC atoms win Silver Stick

Noah Swann scored in double overtime to lift the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks to a Regional Silver Stick championship on the weekend.

It was the only goal of this championship thriller against Listowel, and it qualified the atoms for the International Silver Stick tournament later this winter. The atoms are riding a winning streak that stretches back into October.


Potter WOBA Pitcher of the Year

13-year-old prospect to play for Great Lake Canadians next season

WOBA Pitcher of the Year Will Potter, 13, stopped by our office last week to chat baseball with Josh Howald. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


In the spirit

From left, Evey Booth, 3, Sophia Booth, 6, and Callista Griffin, 5, can handly contain their excitement as they wait for Santa Claus to arrive in Ripley at the Parade of Lights Sunday evening. The annual event drew a sizable crowd of people in the holiday spirit, despite the lack of snow. (Barb McKay photo)


Ebola scare at Kincardine hospital

Staff responded well, patient cleared, says SBGHC head

By Barb McKay

Kincardine hospital staff was quick to handle a situation where a patient with flu-like symptoms, who had recently travelled to Africa, came to the emergency department.

 


Proposed Ontario pesticide rules good for beekeepers, but may be bad for farmers

By Barb McKay

 

The province’s plan to phase out the neonicotinoids is welcome news to bee keepers, but local farmers are raising concerns about crop yield.

 

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced last week that it aims to reduce the number of acres planted with corn and soybeans seeds treated with the insecticides by 80 per cent 2017. The government hopes this move will help reduce the over-winter mortality rate of bees to 15 per cent by 2020. There is also a plan to establish a pollinator health action plan.

 


Free bag tag distribution could end

 Kincardine could do away with free bag tags.

 

Council is being asked by municipal staff to suspend the distribution of free 2015 bag tags at the municipal administration centre because of ongoing renovations at the building. In addition, senior management is also asking council to consider eliminating free bag tags altogether.