Municipal projects, new software and summer student hire get pre-budget approval


By Barb McKay


A number of municipal projects and expenditures deemed to be urgent or high priority received pre-budget approval during last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting.


The items, totalling an estimated $2.08 million, include improvements and repairs to municipal buildings, landfill expansion, new municipal hires and new software. Most of the pre-budget requests will be paid for out of reserve funds with only a small amount to be covered through taxes.


Family Literacy Day is on Jan. 27


By Tammy Schneider


This year marks the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day in Canada.


Learning new skills


Young hockey players aged five, six and seven took part in dryland training at the Kincardine Bulldogs hockey skills camp on Jan. 2, 3 and 4 at the Davidson Centre. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Knox Presbyterian Church to host monthly mental health forum


Psychotherapist Bob O’Brien and Kincardine Knox Presbyterian Church are collaborating to present a monthly mental health forum.


The focus of the forum will be to look at issues that prevent an individual and families from experiencing a comfortable, rewarding and positive life. Discussions may be around depression, anxiety, PTSD, low self-esteem or the struggle to deal with a traumatic life transition.


Kincardine Legion hosts New Year’s Day Levee


By Tammy Schneider


More than 60 Kincardine Legion members and guests gathered on Jan. 1 to take part in the annual Legion New Year's Levee.


Holiday tradition


On Dec. 18, members of the Rotary Club of Kincardine hosted a lunch for clients and caregivers from Community Living Kincardine and District. The gathering, which has been an annual event provided by the Rotary Club for more than 30 years, was held at New Seasons Tavern and Restaurant, and included a hot buffet followed by a round of Christmas carols. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Kincardine council on board to host retail cannabis stores


By Barb McKay


Kincardine council unanimously voted to opt in to host private retail cannabis stores, but it could be some time before one actually opens in the municipality.


The Ontario government is giving municipalities a one-time opportunity to opt out of having private retail sales of cannabis in their communities. Those who choose to allow retail stores to open in their municipalities cannot change their minds later on. The deadline to opt out is Jan. 22.


Reverse Advent calendar teaches community involvement to kindergarten students


By Tammy Schneider


Students in FDK1 at Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School are learning about contributing to their community, thanks to an initiative supported by teacher Robyn Beardsall and ECE Marcia Spencer.


Santa Claus is coming to town!


Santa gives a wave to the crowd that gathered along Queen Street for the annual Santa Claus parade on Dec. 1 before heading back to the North Pole to prepare for the big day that is just days away. (Pauline Kerr photo)

Population projections are too low, developer says


By Barb McKay


Growth projections for the municipality are likely underestimated, Kincardine councillors say.


A senior planner with MHBC, a planning, design and landscape architecture firm hired by the Municipality of Kincardine to undertake its 10-year Official Plan review, attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to present the firm’s latest work on the plan.