Chain of events

The costume skate at the Ripley Arena during the Ripley Winter Carnival drew skaters of all ages. From left, Brianna Pointom, Mikayla Galina, Emery Harper, Summer Galina and Ella Goncales form a train to skate around the ice. (Barb McKay photo)

Shoreline stabilization project necessary to prevent further erosion

By Barb McKay

A project to preserve the shoreline along Macpherson Park in Kincardine is progressing well and is expected to be completed on time and on budget.

 Kincardine Pride promotes awareness and inclusion

By Barb McKay

Kincardine is proud to be an inclusive and welcoming community.

That is what a newly-formed organization has hoped for and is quickly discovering to be true. Kincardine Pride is only in its infancy, having launched its Facebook page less than two weeks ago, and is already receiving plenty of positive feedback.

“The letters and emails and outpouring has been incredible,” said Terry-Ann Smith. “It is quite something.”

Fellow Kincardine Pride member Sandy Blackwood said discussion about starting the group began back in December and quickly took off.

“It has been a passion of Fort Papalia’s and he approached me,” she said. “It is near and dear to my heart.”

The two then asked Smith if she would get involved.

“It is near and dear to me, as well, so it was a no-brainer,” she said.

Lions Club ready to put icing on splash pad project

By Barb McKay

This summer, the Lions Park splash pad will not only be functional, it will also be beautiful.

The Kincardine Lions Club received the green light from the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday to go ahead with the installation of gardens around the water park. The gardens have been designed by the municipality’s horticulturist andthe work will be supervised by horticultural staff.

Warming up



Despite warm temperatures on the weekend, there was still some ice remaining on Kincardine harbour, as well as plenty of ice along the shores of Lake Huron. That could change quickly, however, with warm weather expected to continue this week. (Josh Howald photo)

Snowbirds flying in to celebrate Bruce County’s 150th

By Barb McKay

The Snowbirds are coming to Bruce County.

Local aviator Philip Englishman attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to make the announcement that the famed Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Squadron will perform at a special airshow marking Bruce County’s 150th anniversary.

Huron-Kinloss boasts good financial position as it prepares to be debt-free

By Barb McKay

When the final loan payment is made on the Lake Range Drive extension project this year, Huron-Kinloss Township’s finances will be in the black.

The news was joyfully received by township council during its first meeting to deliberate the 2017 municipal budget on Friday and councillors mused about how they could celebrate the occasion.

Winter beach work

The Macpherson Park Shoreline Stabalization Project is underway at the beach on the north side of the harbour. The municipal project is drawing mixed reviews from the public. (Josh Howald photo)

 Kincardine budget finalized with 7.28 per cent tax rate increase

Council looks to form committee to create plan to fund community projects

By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine residents will see an increase of 7.28 per cent on the municipal portion of their tax bill this year, due mainly to the cost of arbitration resulting from the failed sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink.

Together with county and education taxes, the blended tax rate increase for 2017 is 3.7 per cent, which amounts to an increase of $103 on the tax bill for residents with an average property value of $244,000.

According to Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie, who addressed that tax rate increase during last Monday’s final municipal budget meeting, less than one per cent of the increase is due to operating expenditures and 2.7 per cent for capital costs. The remainder comes from legal costs associated with the arbitration from the aborted sale of Bruce Telecom – expected to total $625,000.

 Extensive medical clinic renos to accommodate new doctors

Announcement regarding another new doctor expected next month

By Barb McKay

The final cost of renovations to the Hawthorne Medical Clinic has yet to be determined, but the project is included in this year’s municipal budget.

During last Monday’s Municipality of Kincardine budget meeting councillors questioned proposed big spending on the medical clinic and learned that the extensive work is being done to accommodate the influx of new physicians. Originally, upgrades to examining rooms and renovations to the administrative space were budgeted at $200,000. However, during a budget meeting in January a much higher figure – $600,000 – was presented.