Rotary Music Park an irresistible draw for all ages

By Barb McKay

Martin Ward discovered his inner child as he sprinted from instrument to instrument in Kincardine’s new music park, enjoying the harmonic sounds each one produced as he tapped them.

Rotary Club District Governor Martin Ward and wife Mary Ruston enjoy the instruments at the new Kincardine Rotary Music Park. (Barb McKay photo)

 Kincardine’s Christopher Pennington ambassador for 2017 Kidney Walk

By Barb McKay

At just 12 years old, and despite physical challenges, Christopher Pennington has accomplished a lot.

Christopher, who calls both Kincardine and Brussels home, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2015. But rather than let his illness get the better of him he focused on educating as many people as possible about kidney disease and fundraising to advance the effort to find a cure.

For the third year in a row, Christopher will lead a team in the Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk fundraiser. The first year he participated in the Owen Sound walk and last year took part in the Goderich walk, which is the only walk in this region. He set a fundraising goal of $4,000 and raised an incredible $13,000.

BSP celebrates Canada’s 150 with upcoming production

Bluewater Summer Playhouse (BSP) is marking Canada’s 150th birthday with a tribute to Canadian music.

Canadian Rock - Canadian XSPortsfeatures Canadian hits known and loved by all ages here at home and around the world. The Canadian XSports band performs with a theme of Canada’s beloved national pastime – hockey – and promises novel performances that are full of energy with incredible stage presence. The show will run Aug. 2 and 3.

What a weekend!

It was a wonderful, music-filled weekend in Kincardine as the Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival took over downtown. Large crowds enjoyed four different stages in downtown Kincardine Saturday afternoon, in addition to the usual headlining acts. Here, Kincardine's own John Graham performs on the Enbridge Youth Stage. For a full page of colour photos from this years Blues Festival, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

SBGHC receives $2.3 million for hospital improvement

Additional announcement for Kincardine hospital expected soon

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government has provided the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) with an exceptional circumstance project grant of $2.3 million to complete upgrades at its four hospitals – primarily in Kincardine.

Women’s House receives funding for crucial building repairs

By Barb McKay

Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey will receive some much-needed repairs after receiving significant funding from the Ontario government.

Community and Social Services Minister Dr. Helena Jaczekwas at the women’s shelter in Kincardine last Wednesday to announce that the province has allocated $125,000 to Women’s House through its Partner Facility Renewal Program. The funds will be used to make repairs to the Women’s House facility’s foundation.

Major Connaught Park sewer project ready to go

By Barb McKay

The municipality is ready to get started with upgrades to the Connaught Park pumping station, trunk sewer and force main.

During its meeting on July 5, Kincardine council agreed to use funds from one of its sewer reserves to cover a budget shortfall for the project. Upgrades are needed to the pumping station and main sewer line in order to accommodate new development, particularly the West Ridge on the Lake subdivision.

The municipality learned recently that it will only receive a portion of the funding it applied for and needed to make up the difference.

“The good news is that we were successful with the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, but were unsuccessful with the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund top-up grant application,” Public Works Director Adam Weishar told council.

Former editor of The Independent releases book

When Eric Howald was editor of The Kincardine Independent, his weekly column on Page 6 was what most readers turned to first.

Eric Howald with his book, available at The Kincardine Independent and Fincher's. (Josh Howald photo)

Municipality seeks grant for Davidson Centre pool accessibility improvements

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will apply for a grant for sorely-needed accessibility improvements to the Davidson Centre pool.

New brewery expected to open by end of the year

By Barb McKay

On any given day there is a flurry of activity inside what will soon become the Grey Matter Beer Company.