Ice storm leaves thousands without power

By Barb McKay

 

Freezing rain last Thursday led to broken tree limbs and downed hydro lines and left thousands of people in southwestern Ontario, including Kincardine, without power.

 

As of press time on Monday, there were still a number of regions where power had still not been restored and falling ice over Easter weekend resulted in additional outages. Alliston and Orangeville were effected the most with upwards of 8,000 customers without power.

 


Municipal officials, local execs make Ontario Sunshine List

Several public sectors employees in Bruce County were named on the province’s 2015 public salary disclosure report, more commonly known as the Sunshine List.

 

The list is published by the Ontario government each year, but the $100,000 has not changed since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act came into effect in 1996. According to a report from the provincial treasury board, if the threshold was adjusted for inflation, it would be $146,774, reducing the number of employees included in the disclosure list by 83 per cent.

 


Kinetic Knights take regional competition with robot

By Barb McKay

The Kincardine Kinetic Knights Team 781 won gold in the recent Buckeye Regional championship in Cleveland, Ohio.

The robotics team competed with its robot Duncan in the competition from May 17-19. The team’s administrative captain Lana Splettstoesser said the Knights learned how to improve Duncan from a previous regional experience in Toronto earlier in the month and were ready for the challenge when they travelled to Ohio. The robot’s drive team consisted of coach Chris Pierce, programmer Jed Gonzales, driver Derek Eberl and human player Brendan Arciszewski. Team 781 is made up of 42 students.


Spring swing

Emma Slade spins Chantel Whaling, both 9, on the playground equipment at MacPherson Park Sunday afternoon. The girls were among many local residents out enjoying the warm weather. (Josh Howald photo)


Officer will be honoured May 24

Bridge to be dedicated in Campbell's honour

Provincial Constable Craig Campbell will be honoured on May 24, more than 30 years after he was killed in the line of duty.

The South-Bruce OPP issued a release last week inviting the media and members of the public to a bridge dedication ceremony. The Highway 21 bridge that crosses the Penetangore River will be officially dedicated in Campbell's name.

On Aug. 3, 1985, Campbell, Badge #6477, and his partner were on patrol along Highway 9 watching for a possible impaired driver that had evaded police near Wingham. As the marked police cruiser Campbell was in performed a u-turn, the suspect vehicle slammed into the cruiser broadside. The crash killed Campbell and seriously injured his partner.


Twelve charged in distracted driving crackdown

Locally, police charged 11 people with distracted driving and one other person with careless driving during a recent six-day campaign targeting distracted driving.

Province wide, OPP officers charged 1,575 motorists with distracted driving between March 14 and March 20. Another 43 were charged with careless driving.

"Distracted driving is not only illegal; it has...quickly become the most significant casual factor in serious crashes on Ontario highways," said Inspector Dana Earley, Detachment Commander for the South-Bruce OPP.

She said although the campaign may have ended, the South-Bruce OPP will constantly be on the watch for distracted driving.


OldStars tournament turns 40

Annual celebration this weekend

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Kincardine Erie Belle OldStars Hockey Tournament.

The always popular event isn't straying too much from tradition for its 40th anniversary - the OldStars are sticking with what works. This year's tournament is actually one of the smaller tournaments the club has held over the years. A total of 12 teams will be in town competing in three different divisions. There is an oldtimers division (35+), a women's division and a men's recreational division (no carded players).

As always the weekend will kick off with the Kincardine tykes playing their final games of the season. The Level 3 tykes will play at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by the junior tykes at 5:15 p.m. and the senior tykes at 6 p.m. The players are treated to hot dogs and pop in the Davidson Centre hall following the contests.


A winning Sunday

Bulldogs win West, Atoms OMHA champions

Gerrit Satosek, left, and Nathan Arnold - captains of the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs and Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks, respectively, hold hardware up high on Sunday evening. (Josh Howald photos)


New doctor setting up practice in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

 

A second family doctor will begin practicing in Kincardine this summer.

 

Municipality of Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke made the announcement following a closed council meeting last Wednesday. Dr. Daniel Soong is chief resident at the University of Western Ontario and will arrive in Kincardine in July.

 

“The arrival of Dr. Soong will provide much needed relief to the physicians at the Kincardine Medical Clinic who have collectively been shouldering the patient burden that is the result of recent physician vacancies,” Clarke said in a media release.

 


Design in the works for new Tiverton community centre

By Barb McKay

 

The Tiverton Sports Centre has been singled out as the preferred location for the new Whitney Crawford Community Centre (WCCC).