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Cold summer weather puts a chill on business, farming

By Kristen Shane

 

Grey clouds loom over Kincardine’s downtown. At 18 degrees, the late July weather feels like a nice day in September. Of the few people striding the sidewalks, some wear windbreakers and long-sleeved shirts.

 

Inside Stedmans V&S, Gary Lambert gestures to five stacks of plastic sand shovels and pails in his storage room. Any other year at this time, “Most of this would have been gone,” he says.

 

But this year is different. In Wiarton, one of the closest Environment Canada weather stations to Kincardine, the average mean temperature in July was only 16 degrees, two and a half degrees below normal, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell.


Party time

Bruce Power held its annual Beach Party Saturday evening at Reunion Park in Kincardine. Hundreds of people flocked to the beach area for the activities which were capped off by an impressive fireworks display from the north pier at dusk. (Katy Stewart photo)


Grant will promote Point Clark lighthouse

A $20,300 grant from the federal ministry of Canadian Heritage and Official languages will be used to promote the 150th anniversary of the Point Clark lighthouse.

 

Huron Bruce MP Ben Lobb presented the money to the Friends of the Point Clark Lighthouse Monday morning.

 

Members of the Friends of the Lighthouse accept a cheque for $20,300 from MP Ben Lobb Monday morning. From left are Jan Kelly, Lobb, Keith Kelly, Danielle Pilon, Stacey Courtney and Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan. (Eric Howald photo)

 

 


Steelback decision disappoints Kraemer

The decision by Steelback Brewery to pull out of Kincardine is a big disappointment, says Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer.

 

“I can’t speak for council,” he said Monday morning, but Steelback has been a strong asset to the community, the Chamber of Commerce and Tiverton. The company has poured a lot of money into the community.

 

A week ago Monday as the Independent was going to press, CEO Jonathon Sherman said the number of employees at the brewery had been cut from 15 to four and that president Ian MacDonald was leaving the company. He blamed the layoffs on the economy and slumping beer sales.

 


Temporary solution a waste of money

Tiverton residents want water problem fixed

By Eric Howald

 

King Street residents in Tiverton want the Municipality of Kincardine to stop water running from the road onto their properties.

 

Armed with a 53-name petition, Ed Roberts of the Tiverton District Ratepayers Association said residents want a new sidewalk replaced with a curb and sidewalk and storm drainage work at a cost of $58,000.

 

Another issue is safety, he said, as vehicles often end up on the sidewalk.

 


Mock disaster helps students, EMS workers

By Josh Howald

Disaster struck Wednesday morning in Kincardine.

Luckily, it was a mock disaster.

A member of the Kincardine Fire Department comforts Danielle Parsons as he assesses injuries to Jared Kerr Wednesday morning at the MedQUEST mock disaster at the former P.U.C. building in Kincardine. MedQUEST students acted as victims in a school explosion in order to job shadow emergency services workers and test Kincardine's preparedness for a real disaster. (Josh Howald photo)


At attention

Kevin MacHeffner of Phoenix, Arizona stands at full attention as he is inspected during the Pipe Band Competition Saturday afternoon at Victoria Park. MacHeffner is a member of the 78th Frasher Band. (Josh Howald photo)


Seniors play for free at Davidson Centre

By Eric Howald

 

Seniors groups who meet at the Davidson Centre will continue to receive free rent.

 

Back on May 6, staff recommended to Kincardine council that fees for rental of the rooms in the soon to be completed addition be set at $32 for a three-hour period. The charge for a group of seniors would be $2 per person up to a maximum of $32 for a room. If there are more than 16 in a group, the price would be less than $2 per person.

 

Seniors objected  to the $2 charge and council returned the rate structure to the recreation committee which turned around and  re-affirmed the rate structure at its May 14 meeting.

 


Old town hall should be bulldozed, says councillor

The Kincardine Arts Centre should be torn down, says councillor Ken Craig.

 

The comment came Thursday evening during Kincardine council’s discussion of the list of federal and provincial grants received in recent months for capital projects.

 

Kincardine recently received a Build Canada Intake fund to spent $933,300 to rehabilitate the former town hall. Each level of government would pay a third of the cost.

 

You can fix up the outside but the interior of the building will still be dysfunctional, Craig said.

 


Festival draws 12,000

It was a good weekend to be Scottish.

The 10th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games attracted between 11,000 and 12,000 people to town over the weekend.

Callum Harper, ,left, and Cameron Perry of the Niagara Pipe Band climb the fence at Victoria Park to get a better look at the Pipe Band Competition Saturday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

“It was an awesome weekend,” said Festival Event Manager Melissa Macfarlane Monday morning. “Piping is still the most popular event, but the heavy events really exploded. The attendance for that has tripled in the past three years.”