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Starting their school careers

Elgin Market Public School staff has big plans for their newest pint-sized pupils.
Last Thursday, new Junior and Senior Kindergarten students were invited to tour the school and meet teachers and administration. The third annual orientation night brought more than half of the school’s 98 kindergartners to the building.
“It’s always been successful, very successful,” says principal Anne Roppel.

Student and their parents listened to introductions from the kindergarten staff and then embarked on a trip through the school’s classrooms, library and gym. Students were rewarded with snacks and a gift bag, while parents received important information on the upcoming year.

Public Health, the home and school association and other parent groups also attended the session, which ran for approximately two hours. Teacher Gwen Cavasotto says the orientation is important for staff, students and their parents alike.


Peace activist here Sept. 12

Loney held captive in Iraq

James Loney has been around the world pushing for peace; this month he’s bringing his message to Kincardine.
Loney is the headline speaker at Kincardine’s fourth annual World Peace Day. The well-respected event takes place Sept. 12. Organizers say Loney’s peacemaking career makes him an ideal choice for the festivities.

“He’s worked for peacemaking teams, that’s his role in life,” says Peace Day committee member Fran Gannett. “Everything he’s talking about, he has lived. That’s what we’re about.”

As a member of Christian Peacemaking Teams (CPT), Loney has spent time working with people in war-torn countries including Iraq, Israel and conflict zones in Canadian native communities. In 2005, Loney made world headlines when Iraqi insurgents kidnapped him and held him captive for 118 days.


Kincardine Fall Fair

Kincardine Fall Fair committee member Bessie Farrell pins a grand champion ribbon on Joanne Farrell's quilt during exhibit judging at the Fall Fair Friday afternoon. (Kiel Edge photo)


Business park land sells

A vacant section of Kincardine’s Highway 21 business park is one step closer to development.
Last week, Smart!Centres development firm put up a sign on the property advertising retail development opportunities. The Smart!Centres controlled land is South of Sobey’s on the east side of Highway 21.

Earlier this year, Kincardine council approved the rezoning of the lands to allow for commercial development. A second parcel of land in the same area was rezoned in the spring. Municipal staff was unable to release any details on the development plans, but did confirm the land has changed hands.

Smart!Centres is one of Canada’s largest retail development companies. The group owns retail complexes in more than 60 communities across Ontario, including Hanover and Owen Sound.


Hay!

Jonathan Caldecott, 11, puts all his effort into tossing a bale of hay during the afternoon activities at SaturdayÆs Fall Fair. Hay bale rolling and throwing were among the many activities in Connaught Park.

 


Sheep

It wasn’t cars causing a traffic problem on Kingsway Saturday evening. It was sheep.
Four sheep escaped from their pens at the Kincardine Fall Fair at Connaught Park around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. They headed north to the Kingsway subdivision beside the ball diamonds.

After hearing the animals, local residents stepped out their front doors to see the sheep trotting up and down the street.

The four animals were rounded up by Watson Morris and Dave Shewfelt. Shewfelt used his bike to herd the animals into Morris’ trailer. Witnesses reported that the final sheep was particularly tough to corral.
The sheep were returned to the fair, with no man or beast injured.


Humming in the Rain

Trying to stay dry through Saturday night's massed pipe band parade were, from left, Deb Leyden, Bob Ward, Glenna Hannah and Norma Ward. Spirits were the only thing not dampened at the Saturday night parade. (Josh Howald photo)


Strange but steady tourism season

Day-trippers replace stay-at-home Americans

Three kids in beach clothes lick multicoloured ice-cream they just bought from Glenna Angus's Scoop & Save store.
Tourists and cottagers such as these have made up a large part of Angus's summer clientele at the Harbour Street shop for the past 25 years.

This season has been steady, she says, despite spurting gas prices, unsettled weather and a drooping economy.
"It's been good. It's in probably with last year, even a bit better because we had the Old Boys (& Girls Reunion)," she says.
Special events such as the reunion, Scottish and music festivals

have been sure bets to lure visitors to Kincardine in an otherwise uncertain season, says Kelly McDonald, Kincardine's tourism co-ordinator.


Harbor Beach delegates suitably impressed by Kincardine

 

Delegates from Kincardine's sister city - Harbour Beach, MI, - enjoyed a weekend in town. Harbour Beach's council attended the massed band festivities, toured the wind turbines and crusied Canadian waters in the Mysis rescue boat. The delegates, joined here by some of Kincardine's councillors, are, from left, Ron Hewitt, Jean and Al Kleinknecht, mayors Robert Swartz and Larry Kraemer, Dolores Tunewicha, Pauline Ward, Gord Campbell, Jean and Larry Goniewicha. (Josh Howald photo)

It was his first visit to Kincardine, but the town looked awfully familiar to Robert Swartz.
"It's pretty much the same," as Harbor Beach, Michigan, he said, where Swartz is mayor. "Harbor Beach is a little smaller...and the lake's on the other side," he quipped.


Davidson Centre back-up blip blows bookings

If you booked a room at the Davidson Centre during this spring or summer, it might not be yours.
Bookings made between May 1 and July 31 have been lost because they were not properly backed up on the recreation centre computer system.

Whether you rented a space six months or two years in advance, if you booked it during that three-month period, Davidson Centre staff urge you to call and confirm that it's still recorded.

The loss was hardware-related, says recreation director Karen Kieffer.
It only affected Davidson Centre rooms, including the meeting room, sun room, Kincardine Hall and arena floor.
The recreation department's own bookings remain intact, as have soccer field, pool, park and sports field rentals.
Staff discovered the back-up blip three weeks ago, while Kieffer was on vacation.