Kincardine Scottish Festival becoming international event

By Barb McKay

 

This year’s Scottish Festival is pulling in the largest pool of national and international talent yet, according to the event’s organizers.

 

The 2015 Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held July 3-5 in Kincardine with competitions, heavy events, workshops and concerts. The Festival has lined up major Canadian performers Ashley MacIsaac and The Barra MacNeils to headline the concert events this year. Other performers include the popular Celtic group The Mudmen, The Thogs, champion fiddler Shane Cook, The Ballagh Family, harpist Loril Shannik, The Kincardine Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the Kincardine Community Singers.

 


Bernath Knight of the Year

By Josh Howald

Derrick Bernath is 2014 Knight of the Year.

Marley Martyn, left, and Derrick Bernath were honoured last week at the KDSS Awards Assembly as Sportsperson of the Year and Knight of the Year, respectively. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Bernath was honoured with the award on Wednesday morning at the Kincardine District Secondary School awards assembly.

Being "knighted" was the logical next step for Bernath, a fifth-year student who is off to Lambton College in September to study Power Engineering. In the past, he has been named KDSS junior athlete of the year and senior athlete of the year.


Bears on parade

Rory Nesbitt could see only teddy bears Saturday morning at the annual Teddy Bear Parade in Kincardine. The parade was led by the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department through downtown and back to Victoria Park. The park was packed with children and parents for the always popular event. (Barb McKay photo)


Scrapping over scrap metal

By Josh Howald

A scrap over scrap metal is now front and centre.

Rolly Thornton in front of his property, as well as his son Scott's property, Monday afternoon on Broadway Street in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Municipality confirmed last week that it is taking legal action against the scrap metal business being operated by Scott Thornton and his father Rolly.


Changes to neonicotinoid regulations will lead to higher food prices

Honey beekeepers hope new rules will help bee colonies recover

By Barb McKay

 

The changes to Ontario’s rules surrounding the use of neonicotinoids on crops will ultimately lead to higher food prices, according to the head of the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture.

 

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change announced last Tuesday that it is phasing out the use of the insecticide by 2017 and farmers can only use it if they can prove that they have a pest problem. Starting in August of this year, anyone who sells seeds treated with neonicotinoids must have a license and submit annual sales reports to the Ministry.

 


Several theft reports

Police received a report regarding a stolen ATV on June 11.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on June 10 and 7 a.m., June 11, a red 2012 Yamaha YCD ATV was taken from a detached shed on a property in the 200 block of the Chepstow Road in Greenock Twp. The licence number was O9XE8. The value of the stolen ATV is estimated to be more than $9,000.

In other police news, more than $5,000 worth of fishing gear was stolen in a break and enter in Walkerton.

Sometime between 8 a.m. on June 9 and 9 p.m. the same day, the garage of a Orange Street, Walkerton residence was entered. The list of stolen property includes a large assortment of tackle, tackle trays, river fishing gear, fishing rods and reels.


Artist with heart

Stormy Gervais, 6, made a donation of $150 to the Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey last week. Gervais raised the money through an art show, selling her own works. She also donated some more art last week for the Women's House. With Gervais is Tiffany Love, Community and Fund Development Co-ordinator of the Women's House. (Josh Howald photo)


Municipality considering management changes

By Barb McKay

 

The Municipality of Kincardine is looking at hiring a new director of public works and assigning management of economic development to the chief administrative officer.

 

CAO Murray Clarke told council during its meeting last week that the department of public works is too important to continue to operate without a director. Clarke has been managing the department on an interim basis since 2012, following the departure of former director Gagan Sandhu. Last year, the municipality promoted former foreman Don Huston to the new role of manager of operations to make the department more efficient.

 


All out

Alex Colley used all his might to win the boys 400m race at St. Anthony's School's track and field meet last Wednesday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Bruce Telecom looks to expand services

By Barb McKay

 

Bruce Telecom is doubling its capital budget this year for infrastructure upgrades and to look at expanding its services into other areas.

 

The company’s CEO, Bart Cameron, did not give specific details about the plans for this year, but told Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday that some projects were completed ahead of schedule leaving time to take on new ones.