HuronTel fibre optic expansion on track

Grand opening of Kincardine office July 24

By Barb McKay


The project to expand HuronTel’s fibre optic network into Kincardine is well underway, with work expected to continue for the remainder of the summer.


The Ripley-based company, with offices in Goderich and Wingham and now Kincardine, announced in March that it would offer service in the 519-396 exchange. HuronTel hired Weber Contracting of Clifford to do the construction on municipal rights of way throughout the former Town of Kincardine.


“We’re really pleased with the response we’ve received so far and are really excited about serving this area,” HuronTel general manager Glenn Grubb told The Independent.

County looking for public’s help with popular defibrillator database

By Barb McKay

 Bruce County EMS has signed an agreement with its dispatch service to ensure that defibrillators in public facilities can be located and accessed quickly.

The county’s paramedic service formalized the agreement recently with London Central Ambulance Communication Centre to provide the dispatch service with its public access defibrillator database and populate it.

“When someone calls 911 the location will come up and if a public access defibrillator is at that location the dispatcher will tell the caller where it is and that they should have someone else get it while the caller is instructed on CPR until the defibrillator is retrieved and at the patient’s side,” said Doug Smith, director of emergency services for Bruce County.


The Walker House hosted a high tea event on Sunday afternoon, which attracted people from far and wide. On the left is Cheryl MacDonald, who made the trip in from Tiverton for tea, and on the right is June Barker all the way from London, England. (Josh Howald photo)

Peeping tom caught in Walkerton

A 39-year-old Brockton man was charged with two counts of trespassing and one count of voyeurism after being caught peering in the window of a Thomas Street, Walkerton home on June 26.

At 1:16 p.m. on that day, police received a report of a peeping tom and arrived on the scene to find that occupants of the home had caught a man looking in their window the previous night. The investigation culminated on July 16 with an arrest.

The man is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 17 to answer to the charges.

Great Tri!

Bethany Collins of Community Living Kincardine and District, centre, is congratulated by Jennifer McCullough, left, and Louise Bursey after finishing Saturday's duathlon. Hundreds of women from all over North America took part in the 2015 Kincardine Women's Triathlon at Station Beach. (Barb McKay photo)

Inverhuron servicing project dead in the water

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine has cancelled the project to extend municipal water and sewer services in Inverhuron.


After six years of studies, public meetings and nearly $1.5 million invested, council agreed last week to kill the project. While that will be good news for some residents who have been opposed to the idea of connecting to municipal water, for those residents in dire need of new septic systems there is currently no solution.


Plan in place to deal with departing docs

KFHT looks to hire two nurse practitioners

The Kincardine Family Health Organization announced last week that is has a plan to care for orphaned patients following the departure of Drs. Rejean Duwyn and Steven Poirier.


Gerry Glover, CEO of the Kincardine Family Health Team and manager of the Kincardine and Community Medical Clinic, issued a media release announcing that affected patients have been temporarily reassigned to other doctors. The clinic is currently working with the physician recruitment team to replace the doctors, who also took regular shifts in the emergency department at the Kincardine hospital.


New roofs for Davidson Centre, old Westario building

By Barb McKay


Repairs to the roofs of the Davidson Centre and former Westario Power building will be made sooner rather than later after the winning bid for the work came in well under budget.


Councillor Andrew White was only too happy to present the results of the tender for the projects during last Wednesday’s council meeting. The municipality had budgeted $50,000 to complete repairs to the old Westario building at 385 Queen Street and $465,000 for a new roof over the arena at the Davidson Centre. Last week, council accepted a bid of $406,000 from Keller Roofing and Sheet Metal for both projects, for a savings of $109,000.


No blues here!

Emily van Straten, 3, of Hanover creates an original piece of art in the art zone in Victoria Park on the weekend as part of Saturday's free activities for the Lighthouse Blues Festival. For a full page of photos from the Blues Festival, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine stories part of national media project

By Barb McKay


A spotlight is shining on Kincardine and its residents as the community takes part in a national media project in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.


Over the past week, dozens of people have wandered over to Victoria Park to a small trailer where two young women, one a Kincardine native and the other a visiting producer, have been conducting interviews. The recordings will become a compilation of stories about Kincardine’s rich history through the eyes of the people who have grown up here, emigrated here and those who spend their summers here.