Nice ice

From left, sisters Sarah, Lauren, Emily and Hannah Cassidy put their creativity to use painting the Ripley Community Centre ice Saturday afternoon. (Katrina Stewart photo)

Flapjack fan

Brent Scott of Ripley starts his morning off with a pancake Saturday at the Ripley Winter Carnival. (Katrina Stewart photo)

Kincardine, Huron-KInloss get infrastructure grants

Huron-Bruce’s federal and provincial Members of Parliament were busy handing out money for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects in the riding on Saturday.

The federal and provincial governments are each putting $17,680,300 into the projects.  The benefiting municipalities will contribute the cost of the other third of each project.

“This is a partnership (with the federal government) that we’ve been waiting for for a long time,” said MPP Carol Mitchell. The infrastructure projects are laying the foundation for more jobs down the road.

The two levels of government want to see jobs right away, she said. The shovel has to be ready to go in the ground if a project is to get funding.

Playhouse $20,000 behind in rent

After its worst season ever, the Bluewater Summer Playhouse has seen its debt to the municipality of Kincardine rise to almost $20,000.

In two-and-a-half years of arrears, the Playhouse has accumulated a debt of $19,484.72. The owed money stems from overdue rent payments owed on the theatre space in the Kincardine Arts Centre on Queen Street.

The Playhouse’s Jennifer Webb told council Feb. 11 that the group has trimmed its 2009 budget considerably. It has hired a new creative team at a lower cost and has finalized its lineup early to enable bookings from bus tours and other seasonal tour groups.

“It’s nothing you can guess ahead of time,” said Webb.  “I can’t guarantee we’ll be able to pay rent plus money towards our deficit.”

Municipal staff review will cost $125,000

Some Kincardine councillors have agreed to spend $125,000 to let a consulting firm evaluate the work of municipal staff.

Councillor Marsha Leggett brought forward a motion Feb. 11, asking council to consider pre-budget approval for a consulting firm to work with council to review the performance of the CAO, senior management and lower-tier staff. The consultant would also come up with recommendations on personnel changes and ways to make the municipality run more efficiently.

“If you have been on council for two years and haven’t seen problems, you better start paying attention,” said Leggett. “I’ve seen a lot of problems.”

Walkerton man dies in accident

South Bruce OPP are investigating a motor vehicle accident that that claimed the life of a 31-year-old Walkerton man.

The accident happened Feb. 10 at about 4:30 p.m. on Concession 6 Greenock Township west of the Village of Chepstow.

A vehicle had entered the north ditch and caused guide wires to fall across the roadway. A Good Samaritan, Derrick Walter, stopped to assist the driver in the ditch.

A second vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pickup driven by a 34-year-old Walkerton man, drove over the downed wires, causing a hydro pole to break and fall, hitting Walter who succumbed to his injuries at the scene .

South Bruce OPP are asking any one witnessed the accident to contact South Bruce OPP Walkerton at 519 881-3130 , OPP Dispatch at 1-888-310- 1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800 -222-8477

Goodtimers Breakfast

The Tiverton Good Timers served up another delicious pancake breakfast to kick off Tiverton Winter Fest Saturday morning.  Lily and Dayne Freiburger were among those who enjoyed the meal at the Whitney Crawford Community Centre. (Kiel Edge photo)


Tasty treat

Eleven-year-old Cody McComber enjoys a sip of his hot chocolate during Tiverton Winter Fest Saturday afternoon. (Kiel Edge photo)

Winterfest fun

Tiverton's sledding hill was a popular spot during Saturday's Winterfest activties. Among those heading down the hill were Madison Campbell, 10, and four-year-old Jessi Roppel. (Kiel Edge photo)

Recruiter goes to work searching for doctors

The torch has been passed in Kincardine’s physician recruitment efforts.

Outgoing recruitment coordinator Lynn Bos and her replacement, Margo Eno, met with Kincardine council Feb. 4 to discuss the past year and what lies ahead in the search for new doctors.

Bos started the presentation by running through 2008. She said the municipality lost three doctors, its anesthetist, and struggled at times to meet emergency room requirements.

Despite this, Bos also said Kincardine added two doctors and has kept services running with the help of locum doctors and temporary support from Health Force Ontario.

“The new doctors have pulled up some of the slack, which is good,” Bos said. “But there are no (new doctors) with their pens poised on the dotted line (ready to come to Kincardine).”