Downtown patios to open this summer

By Barb McKay


Diners in Kincardine get to try out a new venue this summer.


During its meeting last Wednesday, Kincardine council agreed to allow downtown restaurants to set up outdoor patios at the front of their establishments. In a presentation, community services co-ordinator Steve Murray explained that expanding restaurants onto public sidewalks during the warmer months is one of the newer trends in tourism and is an opportunity for local businesses to increase their revenues.


“Having been in a lot of small communities that have this, those (outdoor seats) are the seats that are filled first,” agreed councillor Candy Hewitt.

"Dogs done in six

Fight back from 3-0 only to lose in OT

By Josh Howald

They didn't roll over.

Austin Russell and the Walkerton Hawks couldn't completely stop Brett Catto, they were able to end Kincardine's playoff hopes Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre. (Richard Lawson photo)


Frozen rope

Huron Heights Public School held its annual Winter Carnival Friday, with students competingin a number of different events, including tug-of-war. Seen here digging into the snow is Matthew Gowland, Ellouise Thompson and Brady Mallet. (Josh Howald photo)

Run water to avoid frozen pipes

All residents of Kincardine are being asked to run water to avoid frozen water pipes.


The colder than normal temperatures this winter have resulted in the frost line penetrating deeper into the ground, resulting in the potential of frozen water pipes, says a press release Saturday from the Municipality of Kincardine.


Kincardine residents are urged to take the following precaution:


Customers are asked to keep a steady stream of cold water running about the width of a pencil lead at an inside faucet farthest removed from the water meter until further notice.


No decisions, yet, on use of funds from Bruce Telecom sale

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will be accepting public input on how the proceeds from the sale of Bruce Telecom should be used.


During last Wednesday’s council meeting, municipal staff presented a resolution regarding the sale of Bruce Telecom that read, “that any and all decisions pertaining to the disbursement of the funds received from the sale of Bruce Telecom be withheld until such time that the sale has closed and the short-term and long-term financial implications of any such decisions may be duly analyzed by staff.”


More details released on Highway 9 raid

Police have released more details about an early morning raid along Highway 9 in Greenock Twp. recently.

As reported last week, police entered a residence on the strength of a search warrant and arrested five people. The South-Bruce OPP, the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit, OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team, OPP Drug Enforcement Unit, Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit entered the residence at 5 a.m., and arrested five people without incident.

What's the buzz?

KDSS teacher Keith Colley gives Aidan Chapleau a trim last week to cap off Aidan's fundraiser for the United Leukodystropy Foundation. The Grade 12 student raised more than $1,000 in pledges to shave his head. (Barb McKay photo)

Rates for nuclear power lower than average energy price, says Bruce Power exec

By Barb McKay

With 60 per cent of the province’s power source, nuclear, produced at less than six cents per kilowatt hour, it’s clear that another power source is driving Ontario’s high electricity costs, according to Bruce Power’s vice-president of corporate affairs.

James Scongack made a presentation to Kincardine council last Wednesday to provide an annual update on what Bruce Power accomplished in 2013 and what plans are on the horizon. Questions from council, however, centred on rising electricity prices and their destabilization.

Gotta be...

Edwin Crawford and Chloe Kirckconnell gorge on Kraft Dinner at the Hockeyville Kraft Dinner eating contest at the Bruce Steakhouse Sunday afternoon to promote the Hockeyville initiative. For more on Hockeyville 2014, don't miss this week's print edition of The Independent and be sure to visit the Kraft Hockeyville website and Kincardine's Hockeyville Facebook page. (Josh Howald photo)

Resident calls on Kincardine to tighten its animal welfare bylaws

By Barb McKay


Kincardine needs to improve its bylaws regarding animal welfare, according to a resident.


Heather Lavis made a presentation to council during its meeting Feb. 5 and urged it to consider adopting a more stringent bylaw for regulating dog kennels and also develop a bylaw for exotic pets, similar to one implemented in Huron-Kinloss Township.


“Currently, there is nothing in (Kincardine’s) bylaw that prevents the ownership of animals other than domestic or livestock,” Lavis said.