Basket of fun

Ella Morris, 4, had a great time hunting plastic eggs filled with chocolate during the Kincardine Rotary Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt in Victoria Park. Hundreds of youngsters filled the park for a chance to find some treats and play on the fire truck display by the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department. (Barb McKay photo)

Mayor approaches Guy Anderson to fill empty council seat

By Barb McKay

Kincardine council may have a candidate to fill its empty seat.


After a discussion last Wednesday, council decided the best way to fill the vacancy left by Ron Coristine is to approach the councillor-at-large candidate from the 2010 municipal election with the next highest number of votes. That person is Guy Anderson.


“I was given that opportunity when I started out in politics,” said councillor Randy Roppel. “If it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for that person.”


Discussion not over for Bell tower siting

By Barb McKay

The municipality may have more say in where a new Bell Mobility tower will be located than was first realized.


In her bonnet

Edie Wilson, 18 months, of Toronto, was well dressed for Easter on Saturday at the Kincardine Rotary Club's Easter Egg Hunt in Victoria Park. Edie was in town visiting grandparents Peter and Mary Carver. (Barb McKay photo)

Technology at Kincardine airport attracts pilots

By Barb McKay

The Kincardine municipal airport saw an increase in flight training and charter flights last year, according to the airport manager.


Blake Evans provided the 2013 annual report to council last Wednesday and said the fuel card lock system and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology at the airport have been attractive for both recreational and commercial pilots. A good portion of the airport’s revenue continues to be from fuel sales, he said. Pilots like the ease and efficiency of the card lock system. Commercial pilots can land, drop off passengers, refuel and be back in the air in 17 minutes.


Marine Heritage Days in Kincardine

The Marine Heritage Committee announced some new additions to the line-up for this summer's Marine Heritage Days. There will be children's events, and an outdoor play running daily inspired by the tall ships trip to Kincardine. June Daniel, seated, has been doing research for the Heritage Days. SHe was joined at Wednesday's press conference by committee members, standing from left, David Hackney, Jim Cooper, Graham Mahood and Peter Humble. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine community services co-ordinator leaving for new post

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s community services co-ordinator is leaving this month to take on the role of Meaford’s new economic development officer.


Stephen Murray announced last Wednesday that he will be leaving the Municipality of Kincardine after 13 years as a municipal employee as economic development and tourism manager and community services and special projects co-ordinator. While he has enjoyed his time in Kincardine, he told The Independent, it’s time for a change.


Kincardine to aid developers for affordable housing projects

By Barb McKay

Kincardine council is putting money behind its commitment to create more affordable housing by using a reserve fund to assist developers.

During its meeting last Wednesday, council agreed to use a portion of a reserve fund established for affordable housing to reimburse builder Tom Kerr $3,847.29 in building permit fees for a six-unit development at 343 Kincardine Avenue. The reserve fund, containing $49,365, was established following the sale of municipal land in October 2011.

“I think it’s a good use of the reserve fund and we’ll be able to spread it over a number of projects,” said councillor Maureen Couture.

Make a difference

St. Anthony's School students proved you don't have to be big to make an impact. Kate Zettel's JK/SK class collected non-perishable food items for the Kincardine Food Bank and delivered six wagon loads of items last week. The collection was for a class project for Lent and students made presentations to other classes in the school to raise awareness. From left are Ella Vokey, Samantha Griffin and Cayden McGuigan. (Barb McKay photo)

Kinetic Knights preparing for world championships

The Kinetic Knights - Team 781 are gearing up for the world championship match of the FIRST robotics competition in St. Louis, Missouri, April 24-26.


The Knights attended three regional competitions in Oshawa, Waterloo and Windsor to qualify for its fourth consecutive visit to the championships. In Oshawa, the team made it to the quarterfinals but won two awards, the Dean’s List Finalist award for Darby Watterworth, and the prestigious Chairman’s Award. It was another tough loss in the quarterfinals in Waterloo, but the team also picked the Entrepreneurship Award and one for Industrial Safety.  With a close loss in the quarterfinals in Windsor, the team added the Judges’ Award as well as special mention in the Robot Selfie competition.