Sargent & Lundy moves into town

Mayor Anne Eadie, Sargent & Lundy executive vice-president Delfo Bianchini, CG$I vice-president Chip Ray and Bruce Power president and CEO Mike Renchek last week at an official opening of a Sargent & Lundy office. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Dirt bike, tools swiped in Huron Twp.

A dirt bike and power tools were among the items reported as stolen to the South-Bruce OPP on April 12.

Between 12:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on that day, a detached shed at a  Sideroad 10, Huron Twp. residence was entered. The list of stolen property included a red Honda CRF150 dirt bike, three yellow DeWalt cordless drills, two yellow DeWalt drills, a red Snap-on cordless drill and a yellow DeWalt reciprocating saw. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $2,500.

Police ask anyone with information that could assist in this investigation to call 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a web-tip at and you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

 Huron Heights wins Bluewater basketball

Huron Heights Public School won the Bluewater Boys Basketball championship last week in Owen Sound.

The HHPS Lightning Hawks qualified for the tournament by winning the Southwest Regional tournament March 29 at Kincardine District Secondary School. Last Tuesday in Owen Sound, they were joined by other regional champions Syndenham (Owen Sound), GC Huston (Southampton), Hepworth, John Diefenbaker (Hanover), Osprey (Maxwell), Mildmay-Carrick and Georgian Bay (Meaford).

Huron Heights opened the tournament against Hepworth. Mack Beisel and Holden Stevenson each scored eight points, but it was a great team effort that propelled the Lightning Hawks to a 38-16 win.

The second game pitted HHPS against an extremely aggressive team from Hanover. The Lightning Hawks were able to shut down JDSS' offence, however, to come away with a 26-13 victory. Mack Beisel had 10 points for Huron Heights, while Jordan Beisel chipped in with five.

Winning team

Roberto Alomar, centre, draws the names of Bruce Power employees who donated to the United Way of Bruce Grey. They would win prizes at the Untied Way Campaign Launch last Tuesday at Bruce Power. The company aims to raise $1.6 million for the local United Way over the next three years. Also pictured is president and CEO Mike Rencheck, left, United Way executive director Francesa Dobyn and board chair Nick Lovell. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Free Wi-Fi now in downtown Kincardine

By Barb McKay

Free Wi-Fi service is now available in downtown Kincardine.

Bruce Telecom made the announcement last Tuesday during a celebration at the Bruce Steakhouse alongside its partners in the venture – the Kincardine BIA and Municipality of Kincardine.

“Bringing a solution to the market is something that has been talked about for a while,” said Bruce Telecom CEO Bart Cameron. “The work that is being done by the BIA, the municipality and the Community Economic Development Committee – this is a part of that.”

Kincardine BIA downtown development manager Rick Clarke said the initiative to bring free Wi-Fi service to the downtown core began back in 2011.

 Plans for four-bed hospice in the works for Kincardine

Hospice would be satellite of Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce

By Barb McKay

A proposal to bring residential hospice beds to Bruce County has been endorsed by a committee overseeing a process to increase access to hospice care in southwestern Ontario.

The plan would see four beds in Kincardine as a satellite location for the Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce in Owen Sound, which is currently the closest hospice to Kincardine. Another four beds would be located in either Walkerton or Hanover. Which site would be developed first has yet to be determined.

 Waiting game for decision on Kincardine hospital redevelopment

By Barb McKay

A building condition assessment for the Kincardine hospital has been accepted by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, meaning it is only a matter of time before the province decides whether the hospital redevelopment project will go ahead.

South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) President and CEO Paul Rosebush passed on the news to the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting Wednesday that the health ministry requires no further information regarding the proposal before it makes its determination.

“It may not seem like a lot, but it is a lot,” Rosebush said of a letter he received from the ministry’s capital planning team last month. “It means they require nothing else from us. We were thrilled to get it because it means we are queued up for a decision.”

Guitar, snowboard stolen

Police are investigating a report of theft from a residence in the 600 block of Hunter St., Kincardine.

Sometime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., April 1, a DWD MAET snowboard and a "Drifter" guitar were taken. The snowboard has a cigarette butt graphic on the face and neon yellow bindings. The guitar has a large sticker bearing a white symbol on the face. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $700.

Goose on the loose

Andy Kruzinski herds a goose away from Queen St. traffic Thursday. The goose did honk before attempting to cross the main drag. (Barb McKay photo)

 Fundraising for hospice underway

By Barb McKay

The Huron Shores Hospice has received its charitable status number, which means that fundraising efforts can officially get underway.

The hospice steering committee has already been working steadily towards its fundraising goal of $310,000 to open a one-bed hospice suite at Tiverton Park Manor and is already a little more than half way there thanks to corporate donations and a $50,000 donation from honorary chair Duncan Hawthorne and his wife Lesley.

Obtaining its charitable status will now allow Huron Shores Hospice to provide tax receipts, which means it can ramp up its community fundraising efforts.

“We’ve been very fortunate and we haven’t reached out that far yet,” said committee member Cheryl Cottrill. “The community has been supporting us before we’ve really even made the ask.”