Can't stop a loppet

The Kincardine cross-country ski club held it's annual race Saturday at Stoney Island Conservation Area just north of Kincardine. Fears that warm weather and rain may ruin the day were unfounded, as the trails were in good condition and the weather was perfect. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Pauline Kerr photo)

Canada 150 grant for Kincardine lighthouse repairs

By Barb McKay

Repairs to Kincardine’s lighthouse will go ahead this year after the municipality successfully obtained a sizable Canada 150 Community Infrastructure grant.

 Inverhuron Pavilion project continues to stall

By Barb McKay

Plans to build a pavilion in Inverhuron could continue to collect dust until municipal sewer service is available in the community.

The Inverhuron Pavilion Committee was one of several groups hoping its project will be included in the 2017 Municipality of Kincardine capital budget. During last Wednesday’s council meeting Parks and Recreation Director Karen Kieffer presented a report from the committee after spokesperson Marelle Evans was unable to attend.

KDSS showcases artistic talents Thursday evening

Kincardine and District Secondary School (KDSS) will hold its third annual Knight of the Arts tomorrow evening.

The event, held at the high school, is a compilation of artistic work by students and includes work from the media, drama, and visual art classes.

Ice day out there

A bulldozer does some work on the shoreline Friday west of Goderich St. in Kincardine. A wall of ice, meanwhile, helps protect the shore from the winter elements. (Josh Howald photo)

Several charges from Festive RIDE campaign

More than 600 people were charged with impaired driving during the seven-week Festive RIDE campaign held province wide by the OPP.

Of the 610 impaired driving charges laid over that period, three of them were locally, handed out by the South-Bruce OPP. The Huron County OPP, meanwhile, laid eight of those impaired driving charges. The South-Bruce OPP served another nine warn range suspensions during the Festive RIDE campaign. A total of 388 people, province wide, were served with these suspensions.

Provincially, the OPP conducted more than 7,300 RIDE checkpoints during the campaign, which ran from Nov. 21, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017.

OPP Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) also took part and laid drug-impaired driving charges to 22 of the 610 impaired drivers. Police claim that DREs have the tools and expertise to test and detect drug impairment in drivers from a Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.

 Snowshoe walk Saturday at Stoney Island

Dust off your snowshoes because the Kincardine Cross Country Ski Club is holding its annual snowshoe walk this weekend.

The snowshoe walk will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stoney Island Conservation Area, five kilometres north of Kincardine on Bruce Road 23. This is a free community event open to everyone and is sponsored by PenetangearActive and Outdoor Clothing.

Participants can choose between a shorter one mile walk and a longer two mile walk that uses the amazing ‘big root trail’. Afterwards, refreshments will be available in the heated club hut.

Police make arrest in downtown fire

Police have made an arrest in connection to a downtown house fire last week in Kincardine.

The South-Bruce OPP said they arrested a 21-year-old yesterday (Thursday) without incident. The man has been charged with arson, mischief, uttering threats and two counts of breach of probation.

Police said the man was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing that was scheduled to take place today (Friday).

Police have been investigating since being called to the apartment fire, across from the Hawg's Breath, at 2:20 a.m. last Thursday along with the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department. Firefighters quickly extinguished an aggressive fire in an upstairs apartment. All occupants of the building were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported.


Grade 8 Open House Tuesday evening

Kincardine District Secondary School will host a Grade 8 Open House Tuesday, Jan. 17 for all prospective students for the 2017-18 scholastic year.

All Grade 8 students and parents are invited to the KDSS gymnasium at 7 p.m. The school will host a large group information session, followed by tours of the school. It is a good opportunity to meet the staff and learn why KDSS is the top-ranked school in the area.

It will also be a chance to learn about course selection options. KDSS offers Academic/Applied/Locally Developed Options and Elective Credit Options.

In case of inclement weather, check online at for cancellation notice.

Downtown fire deemed suspicious

Police and the Ontario Fire Marshall are investigating after fire broke out in a Queen Street residence early last Thursday morning.

Fire ripped through the second storey apartment at this Queen Street home early Thursday morning. The Ontario Fire Marshall and OPP are investigating. (photo courtesy of Jason Marsh)