Car bursts into flames

A car on Durham Street is engulfed in flames Friday afternoon following an accident adjacent to Kincardine District Secondary School.  (Eric Howald photo)

A lunchtime accident caused some chaos at the high school Friday.

A Mazda car caught fire after a collision at Durham Street and River Lane, just outside the front doors of the Kincardine District Secondary School  at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

New arts centre would boost local economy, says Walden

Most presentations to council don’t involve costume changes.

But Bryan Walden’s did. He, assisted by members of the Kincardine Theatre Guild, gave a presentation to Kincardine council encouraging the municipality to replace the former Town Hall on Queen Street with a multi-million dollar theatre and convention centre.

The Penetangore Centre would be a state-of-the-art 34,000 sq. ft facility backing onto Victoria Park. The building would include a 400-seat theatre, convention and meeting rooms, and art gallery and a rehearsal theatre. Cabaret-style seating would also be included.

According to architectural drawings, Walden plans for a three-storey building. An outdoor amphitheatre would be included to provide an acceptable stage for acts included in the Scottish Festival and the Kincardine Summer Music Festival.

Kincardine to complete new strategic plan

Five years ago, Kincardine completed a strategic plan to map its future development. Municipal staff say it’s time to do another one.

CAO John deRosenroll presented council May 13 with a proposal to undergo a community-wide study to update the municipality’s community plan.

deRosenroll’s proposal calls for a nine-step plan that encourages the community to form a working group to complete a number of workshops and then develop a plan to shape the municipality. A community survey would be among the first steps to help ensure the public becomes involved in the process.

“I think we can do this,” deRosenroll said. “There has to be an engagement of the public and we have to be focused to carry this out.”

Something fishy

The Fish Kincardine Derby got underway with cool temperatures Friday morning. George, left, and Jay Humphrey of Lucknow were among the first at the Station Beach weigh station Friday afternoon, showing off their bounty of fish.  More than 130 fish were caught on the derby's first day. (Kiel Edge photo)

Storm, accident cause outages

A storm early Thursday morning knocked out power and felled this tree on King Street in Tiverton. Four hydro poles came down when the tree toppled. (Katy Stewart photo)

More than 5,800 people in the Kincardine and Tiverton areas were without power Thursday.

A Hydro One representative said Friday morning that all power was restored as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

A wind and rain storm that hit the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning knocked down a transmission station in Tiverton. Then at about 7 a.m., also in Tiverton, a motor vehicle collision knocked down power lines in the area.

Kincardine's policing costs jump more than 16 per cent

Rising operational costs and higher salaries have helped drive up the cost of policing in Kincardine over the next five years.

Kincardine’s policing costs will increase by more than 16 per cent in 2009, as the total cost to police the municipality rises to more than $2.3-million. The total includes $351,048 in operating expenses and more than $2-million in salaries and benefits.

OPP contract analyst Dino Tsitomeneas gave council a rundown of the new policing contract at its May 13 meeting. The previous contract, signed in 2004, expired at the end of April.

Tsitomeneas said the large increase came because the previous year’s costs were based on 2001 cost estimates. Rather than an incremental increase to the total budget annually, Kincardine will now be making up for steep rises in operating costs like fuel and communication all at once.

Mulitcultural Night

Eliza Bumba, left, and Dakota Smith hold a banana condiment from Angola as part of their display at Kincardine's annula Multicultural Night. More than 1,500 people attended the event at the Davidson Centre. (Kiel Edge photo)

New exhibit

On the board behind Malcolm and Annette MacDonald are copies of portraits of Kincardine's first dentist and hise wife, Nelson and Emma Gumaer. The MacDonalds, who attended the opening of the exhibit at the Walker House Friday evening, own the paintings, which are currently being restored. (Eric Howald photo)

Young pianist makes her mark

7-year-old finalist in international competition

Kincardine’s latest splash on the music scene comes courtesy of a 7-year-old composer.

Claire Hunsburger bested more than 850 youths in her age group to finish as a finalist in the Music For Young Children’s 2009 International Composition Festival.

The young piano player earned accolades for her original composition, Snowing Again. Hunsburger is a student of Ripley’s Jo Reid.

Claire Hunsberger was a finalist in the 2009 International Composition Festival for her song "It's Snowing Again." (Josh Howald photo)

Top cop gets G8 security gig

OPP inspector Paul Holmes has gone from protecting Kincardine’s streets to protecting the world’s leaders.

After 11 years in Kincardine, including time as the detachment’s commander, Holmes has accepted a role with the G8 Integrated Security Unit. The Unit is designed to handle security for the G8 summit in Huntsville next June.

Holmes has been asked to coordinate and operate a prisoner processing centre during the international event, scheduled for June 25-27, 2010. He was initially assigned to the job for only three months but has since been asked to stay on full-time.

“Because consistency in leadership for our officers is of vital importance,” Holmes said, “I will be vacating my position as detachment commander of the South Bruce OPP detachment.”