Refugee fund reaches $21,000

The Kincardine Refugee Committee reported Monday that it has received $19,802 in cash and pledges.

 

Part of the big increase in funds this week comes from the commitments of two of the churches on the committee.

 

Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church said Monday that she had just heard about additional donations of $500, $100 and $200 and another $600 in pledges. That brings the total raised and pledged to $21,202.

 


Traffic stop leads to criminal charges

A large quantity of stolen property, as well as illegal street drugs, was found during a traffic stop on Highway 21 just before midnight on Dec. 17.

The South-Bruce OPP said officers on patrol along Highway 21 in Bruce Twp. stopped a grey Ford pick-up truck. In the back of the truck, police found the stolen property. In the front of the truck, they found drugs.

Three men are facing numerous charges. South-Bruce OPP Cst. Kevin Martin said Friday the arrests were not related to the rash of recent break-ins in downtown Kincardine.


Local teams gear up for run at Silver Stick

By Josh Howald

Starting Sunday, no less than six local squads will be seeking Silver Stick success.

The 29th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick will kick off Sunday, drawing 50 teams for four days of minor hockey action in Kincardine, Tiverton and Ripley.

Last year, it was the Timber Mart bantam Kinucks that kept a Silver Stick banner in Kincardine. The bantams advanced to the International Silver Stick finals with an exciting 3-1 win over Tavistock in the tournament finale in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Davidson Centre. The Legion peewee Kinucks also played for a tournament title, but were defeated by Penetang in a heartbreaking loss.


Good Knights!

The Kincardine District Secondary School Christmas Knights spent a rainy Saturday morning collecting toys and non-perishable food items for the Kincardine Community Services Association Christmas Hamper Program. Students and volunteers were kept busy sorting thousands of donations at St. Anthony's Church. From left are KDSS students Madison McBride, Bethany Wilken and Sophia Tomaini. (Barb McKay photo)


Team effort to improve local health care

New doctors, equipment, services announced

By Josh Howald

They say it takes a village to raise a child. That may be so, and by the looks of things, it takes more than a village to effectively run a hospital.

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre, the Kincardine Physicians Group, the Family Health Team, the Kincardine Community Health Care Foundation and the Municipality of Kincardine held a press conference Thursday morning at the Kincardine Medical Clinic to share several successful collaborative efforts to secure and expand health services in Kincardine.


Strong support for refugee committee

The Kincardine Refugee Committee is off and running.

 

Fundraising has started and committees are in place.

 

The quick start was fuelled by a public meeting held Monday evening, Dec. 7 at Knox Presbyterian Church.

 

More than 150 people attended to learn about the committee’s progress to date, offer help and ask questions.

 

The response was positive with people offering help, joining subcommittees, and giving and pledging money.

 


Break-ins continue in Kincardine’s core

By Barb McKay

There is growing concern amongst Kincardine business owners following another rash of break-ins and thefts in the downtown core.

The aftermath of a break-in last Tuesday morning at Sugar Shack. (Barb McKay photo)

Sometime overnight on Dec. 8, a thief or thieves broke into Harbour Rose Boutique, Sunset Grill and the Sugar Shack tattoo shop. Scott Duncan, owner of Sugar Shack said he has been careful about keeping cash on the premise since someone tried to break into his business two years ago. This time, the front door was smashed and thieves made away with two iPods. A small quantity of cash was taken from Sunrise Grill but whoever broke in to the restaurant also damaged the freezer. It is still unknown if anything was taken from Harbour Rose.


Possible 10 per cent residential tax rate increase for 2016

Municipality of Kincardine budget deliberations begin

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine council will be choosing from a wish list of priority projects to include in the 2016 municipal budget.

 

Council held its first budget meeting last Monday and council members reviewed their individual priorities for the coming year. The majority of councillors indicated that asset management, particularly the maintenance of roads and bridges, was a top priority. Other items that topped the list include bringing natural gas to the region, completing the B-line trail, improving Bruce Telecom business and promoting economic development. All council members who stated their priorities agreed that the Whitney Crawford Community Centre redevelopment project needs to move forward this year.


Police arrest wanted man

Last Wednesday, Dec. 9, a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol along Concession 6 in Bruce Twp. stopped a maroon GMC pick-up truck at 11:48 a.m. When the vehicle stopped, the driver hopped out of the truck and fled into a bush lot.

Police, with the help of the West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP Canine Unit and the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit, searched for the man.

The driver was finally located and arrested without incident at 3:48 p.m. the same day. A 47-year-old man, of no fixed address, was charged with break and enter, breach of probation, using unauthorized licence plates, driving while suspended, driving with no validation sticker and driving with no insurance. In addition, the man was found to be wanted by police on an outstanding assault charge.


Claus spotted in Kincardine

Santa Claus himself was in Kincardine Saturday night for the Santa Claus parade. Big Red got lucky with some lovely weather for the parade, which drew a large crowd to Kincardine's downtown core. Santa spent some time after the parade visiting with local youngsters, many in ugly Christmas sweaters, which was the theme of the parade. Claus  zipped back to his workshop shortly after, where he plans to be holed up for the next couple of weeks preparing for Christmas Eve. (Josh Howald photo)