Medical clinic tenders on target

Tenders for phase 2 of the Kincardine Medical Clinic were opened Wednesday and most came in under budget.


Brent Whitely of Parkin Architects told council Wednesday evening that bids from the six qualified bidders were received. Prices ranged from a low of $2,351,200 to a high of $2,888,000. Four of the bids were under $2.6 million.


Parkin will study the bids over the next few days and will make a recommendation to council at its July 2 council meeting. If the tender is let July 2, said CAO John deRosenroll, work could start in July and likely be done within nine months.


Council backs Labatt tender

Refuses mayor’s compromise, shuts out local brewery

By Eric Howald

The beer war has come to a quick end.


Despite a compromise solution offered by Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer, council Wednesday voted for the Tiverton Reunion committee’s recommendation that Labatt Breweries provide the beer for the reunion.


In a recorded vote, councillors Gordon Campbell, Kenneth Craig, Marsha Leggett, Mike Leggett and Randy Roppel voted for the committee’s recommendation while mayor Larry Kraemer and councillor Ron Hewitt voted no. Deputy mayor Laura Haight was absent while councillor Guy Anderson declared a conflict of interest.


Evidence of life beneath Lake Huron

Alpena-Amberley ridge was once a bridge to U.S.

By Josh Howald

Scientists have discovered archeological evidence of life on an underwater ridge that stretches across Lake Huron from Amberley to Presque Island, MI.

“Basically the ridge is a 10-mile wide corridor,” said John O’Shea Wednesday afternoon, “that was a bridge across Huron when water levels were much lower (9,000 years ago).”

O’Shea is curator of Great Lakes Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology and a professor at the University of Michigan. He co-authored the report, published in the June 8 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with Guy Meadows, director of Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and a professor in the departments of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences.

Soldier speaks

Thanks students for support

By Josh Howald

Corporal Tom Palmer spent seven and half months on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Last week, he spoke to John Hannivan’s history classes, in part to thank them for their help.

Corporal Tom Palmer, right, spoke to John Hannivan's history classes last week. (Josh Howald photo)

Hannivan’s five classes raised more than $250 to send food and supplies to Palmer and his unit while stationed in Afghanistan.

“The support I got from family and friends was overwhelming,” said Palmer Friday morning. “And from people I didn’t even know, like friends of my parents and the students in these classrooms here.”

Beer fiasco threatens Tiverton Reunion

Meeting turns ugly, deputy mayor threatened

By Kiel Edge

Kincardine council’s decision to can a recommendation from the Tiverton Reunion committee caused an uproar that could jeopardize the future of the event.

More than half of the Reunion’s organizing committee resigned from their posts June 3 after council voted down the committee’s suggestion to use cans during the August reunion.

“The remaining committee members still prefer cans that are  poured into glasses,” councillor Randy Roppel said following a 15-minute meeting with the committee outside the Municipal Administration Centre. “If you’se (sic) don’t want to reconsider, the rest of the committee will likely collapse. I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting summer.”

Frigid fall

Kincardine Bulldogs goaltender Drew Pegrum splashes down in the dunk tank during Saturday's Cops for Cancer shave-off in the Sobey's parking lot. There was an enthusiastic corwd at the event, which raised more than $10,000. (Kiel Edge photo)

Cottagers save three boaters

Lucy, left and Bob Gorski are pictures with the gear they used to rescue three people from Lake Huron - their kayak, extra lifejacket and a "floatie" (Eric Howald photo)

Three young Kincardine-area men are lucky to be alive today.

If it weren’t for the sharp eyes and quick response of a Grosse Pointe, Michigan couple, chances are the three would have either drowned or succumbed to hypothermia on the frigid waters of Lake Huron.

New rink not in Kincardine's future

Kincardine residents hoping for a new ice rink within the former town’s limits won’t be happy with the recommendations of the municipality’s recreation consultant.

Monteith Brown Planning recently completed a report outlining Kincardine’s indoor recreation needs. The study used data gathered from residents and recreation facility users. The report was presented to a crowd of 75 Wednesday night at the Davidson Centre.

Planner Anand Desai said studies of ice-time uses and the condition of the facilities in Kincardine and Tiverton mean the municipality doesn’t need a new ice surface in the next five years.

Looking back

From the May 23, 1979 edition of The Kincardine Independent

*A local police officer, who had been suspended with pay for three months, resigned from the Kincardine Police force. The former sergeant had been charged with a number of violations of the Ontario Police Act. Mayor John Askin, a member of the Kincardine Police Commission, said the commission decided to drop the charges after the accused resigned and stated he would be finding a new field of work. Askin said little about the nature of the charges except that they concerned neglect of duty.

*A London man ended up in Lake Huron after missing a turn along Concession 9-10 in Huron Township. The car, a 1978 Chevette, bounced off several trees before landing in the lake. The man was not injured, but more than $1,300 worth of damage was done to the car.

Struttin' his stuff

OPP Constable Kevin Martin struts with his guitar at the KDSS Spring Arts Show. Martin got into the act, playing guitar for Mike Ferguson's rendition of Hot Blooded. The students put on performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (Josh Howald photo)