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Egg-static

Kincardine's Sasha Ross had no trouble finding plenty of eggs at Saturday's Rotary Easter Egg Hunt. Nice weather brought hundreds of youngsters out to join in the hunt. (Katrina Stewart photo)


Doctors confirm support for medical clinic

Dr. Lisa Roth re-affirmed the support of Kincardine’s physicians, on Apr. 8 for the proposed clinic addition, ending speculation that the medical staff was unhappy with portions of the design.

“We’re reconfirming our commitment to the current plans and are confident it will result in a clinic the whole community can take pride in,” Roth said, reading from a letter she submitted to the municipality from the physician’s group.

Roth, Dr. Gary Gurbin and clinic manager Gert Larson met with mayor Larry Kraemer and deputy mayor Laura Haight Apr. 6 to discuss the clinic’s future after comments were made Apr. 1 implying there were concerns over the existing clinic plans.

“(The doctors) reaffirmed their support,” said Kraemer. “They assessed where they were at. While (the design) isn’t 100 per cent perfect, they accept the compromise.”


Municipal taxes up 6.4 per cent

Kincardine taxpayers should be prepared for a 6.4 per cent increase in their municipal taxes this year.

Council voted Apr. 8 for a tax increase of 6.4 per cent in 2009. The increase works out to an additional $42.22 on the tax bills for homes assessed at the median assessment of $169,500.

Kincardine’s average home assessment has increase from 2008. The average property assessment has increased by approximately $13,000.

The municipal tax rate was finalized after council reviewed its wish-list of potential projects for 2009. Some projects were added to 2009’s total capital budget, increasing the overall tax rate, while others were held off until next year.


How many are there?

Ava Gratto eyes up a jar of jellybeans at Tiverton's Easter celebrations Saturday morning at the Whitney Crawford Community Centre. (Katrina Stewart photo)


Energy Minister officially opens Enbridge wind generation project

Protesters left out in the rain

With the push of a button, Ontario’s Deputy Premier officially ended three years of controversy as the 115-turbine Enbridge Wind Power project officially came to life.

Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman, Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell and officials from Enbridge and the Municipality of Kincardine celebrated the opening of the project in the pouring rain just outside of Underwood Friday afternoon.

“Today is a milestone for the people of Ontario,” said Enbridge’s Janet Holder. “We’re proud we’ve made progress towards sustainable energy. Kincardine has re-affirmed its reputation as the sustainable powerhouse of Ontario.”


Pesticide ban comes into effect April 22

If you have a rodent problem or want to green up your lawn, you had better do it in the next two weeks.

A provincial government ban on cosmetic pesticides takes effect April 22. More than 250 products and 80 ingredients have been banned from sale or use in Ontario.

“We got pages and pages of products that we’ll have to remove,” said Jim Hamilton, owner of Kincardine’s Country Depot Friday morning. “Just about every product of that nature will be off our shelves.”

The Ontario government says the ban protects families and children from unnecessary health risks. Golf courses and the forestry industry are exempt from the ban.


Parking problems unavoidable

Road project to take six to eight weeks

Kincardine District Secondary School students will have to roll out of bed a little earlier for the next two months.

But a road construction project near KDSS shouldn’t hamper day-to-day life at the high school, Principal Dan Hobler said Thursday morning.

The plan calls for the reconstruction of William, Wall, Charles and South Streets to urban road standards, with sidewalks on Charles and South Streets and a new water main and storm sewer on South Street. Public works manager Jim O’Rourke said Thursday the work will is expected to take about six to eight weeks. Omega Construction Ltd. of London is doing the work.


Flippin' fun

Six-year-old Lucy Thorpe literally flipped over the spring temperatures Saturday. She spent time on the monkey bars at the Tiny Tot playground in MacPherson Park. (Kiel Edge photo)


Young helper

Saturday's nice weather brought Kincardine residents outside to get a headstart on spring yardwork. One of the youngest lawn maintainers was two-and-a-half-year-old Miya Wall, who helped her grandfather rake the lawn Saturday afternoon. (Kiel Edge photo)


Education minister backs new school board chair

Ontario’s education minister is stepping in to help clear up the controversy surrounding the Bluewater District School Board.

 

Kathleen Wynne has announced she will be meeting with Jennifer Yenssen, the new board chair, to discuss how the ministry can support the board in restoring public confidence in its actions.