Enrollment increasing in local elementary schools

By Barb McKay

 

Full-day kindergarten is boosting enrollment numbers at Kincardine and Ripley elementary schools.

 

Ecole Elgin Market Public School has welcomed 60 full-day kindergarten students this week and has added a Grade 7 class. The school is now fully French Immersion.

 

“We’re keeping steady,” said principal Marga Wilson. “We have about 30 new students every year.”

 


Blaze at bowling alley

A large fire drew firefighters from Kincardine and Tiverton to the Bruce Bowling Lanes last Wednesday morning.

Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department Fire Chief Kent Padfield said his men responded to a call of heavy smoke coming from the building shortly  before 7 a.m. It took crews several hours to bring the fire under control. They were able to contain the fire to the centre of the building. Unfortunately, there is now heavy damage from smoke and water to the bowling alley.

Padfield requested assistance from the South-Bruce OPP and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. An OEFM Fire Investigator visited the scene on Monday looking for a cause of the fire.

 - Josh Howald


$4,600 rip-off in Kincardine

A Kincardine resident is out $4,600 after being bilked last week by a fraudster.

The South-Bruce OPP is investigating the fraud after the resident reported it on Aug. 27 at 9:42 a.m. A person claiming to be a Bank of Montreal (BM)) employee had called to report an internal banking error, which meant the customer owed the bank $4,600. An arrangement was made for the money to be hand delivered at Victoria Park in Kincardine. By the time the scam was recognized, the money was long gone.

Police warn the public to be cautious when receiving unsolicited calls regarding your money or personal information. While BMO is a legitimate banking institution, scammers often identify themselves as an employee of a legitimate company in order to gain your trust.


Final march

A huge crowd turned out Saturday night for the final march of the season for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band. A significantly smaller crowd followed the band back to the park after the break, as the skies opened up and a downpour began. (Josh Howald photo)


Natural gas project dependant on government funding

The natural gas project will likely only go forward if the provincial and federal governments pitch in some funding.

 

The Municipality of Kincardine, Township of Huron-Kinloss and Municipality of Arran-Elderslie jointly released a statement last Tuesday night after a day of meetings with a lawyer, Mark Rodger of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, to go over a draft feasibility study presented to them that day.

 


Short captain, tall ship

Austen McCallum, 2, of Durham pretends to steer the Pathfinder during a tour of the Tall Ship on Saturday. The Toronto Brigantine’s Pathfinder and Playfair sailed into the Kincardine harbour Thursday night and remained there until Sunday evening to take part in the Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine not backing down from Bruce Telecom sale

By Barb McKay

 

Canada’s Competition Bureau has no authority to cancel the pending sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink, according to Kincardine’s mayor.

 


New candidates vie for council seats

There are some new names in the race for Kincardine council.

 

Richard Court added his name to the ballot last week, running for Ward 1 councillor. Alex Eveleigh of RR2 Tiverton is running for one of four councillor-at-large seats.

 

Jacqueline Faubert, who currently represents Ward 1, has filed her nomination papers to run for councillor-at-large.

 


Caught in the act

Three people are facing numerous charges after police responded to a report of a break-in at a Sideroad 10, Huron Twp. residence.

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of a break-in, and while responding observed a red truck that had been reported stolen by the home owner. The red Ford Ranger was stopped by police, and officers noted a large quantity of tools, sporting goods and electronics inside the vehicle. The occupants of the truck were arrested.

A 46-year-old Huron-Kinloss Twp. woman has been charged with two counts of break and enter, two counts of possession of stolen property, four counts of driving while under suspension, operating an unsafe vehicle, operating with no insurance and using unauthorized licence plates.

A 48-year-old Southgate Twp. man has been charged with two counts of possession of stolen property and two counts of break and enter.


Setting sail

The tall ships leave Kincardine harbour at sunset Sunday evening. (Josh Howald photo)