What to know before your swim

Undertow can make Lake Huron dangerous

By Josh Howald

Warm air and water conditions, combined with large waves, make this a great time of year for swimming in Lake Huron.

But it can also be dangerous, even for experienced swimmers.

In light of another recent drowning at our beaches, there are several things you should know, and remember, before you enter the water.

 Wednesday afternoon, Brenda Lance looked out at the three to four-foot waves breaking at station beach.


Aquatic Supervisor Brenda Lance took some time Wednesday afternoon to discuss general safety when swimming in Lake Huron. (Josh Howald photo)

$5-million clinic proposal surprises council

Kincardine council received a shock Sept. 17 when preliminary plans for the medical clinic came in with a budget near $5-million.

Parkin Architects presented council with a plan that includes a 10,500 sq. ft addition to the existing clinic’s west side and a 4,200 sq. ft. pharmacy attached to the building’s south end. The approximate cost of the construction is $4.6-million, well above council’s expected cost for the project.

“I’m taken aback,” said councillor Guy Anderson. “We were thinking: let’s go for 10,000 sq. ft and about $2-million.”

Hospital meeting set for Oct. 31

Council agrees on meeting format

Kincardine’s Halloween health care meeting has finally taken shape, and council has agreed on the topics that will be discussed.

The meeting is Oct. 31, from 1-4 p.m. in the municipal administration centre. Last week, council agreed on a list of invited parties. Eight groups will be attending the meeting, including: a representative from both Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss council, a Local Health Integration Network representative, Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell, South Bruce Grey Health Centre CEO Paul Davies, the chair and a local representative of the SBGHC board, Kincardine’s physician group and the hospital foundation.

Good catch

Dane Griffith shows off his 12 pound Chinook salmon that he caught last Wednesday monring at the end of the north pier. (Eric Howald photo)

McGuinty tours Bruce Power

First visit as Premier

Duncan Hawthorne, president and CEO of Bruce Power, left, chats it up with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty during his tour of Bruce Power Monday Morning. (Kiel Edge photo)

Yes you Can!

Karyn Semple shows off her summer's work, 20 painted garbage canse, stacked at Connaught Parkk last week. This is Semple's second year painting cans for the municipality. She was paid $75 per can. The program is supported by a $2,000 grant from the municipality.

A walk in the park

Alexis Whitwoth, 8, and her Boston Terrier, Oreo, brave the wet weather to walk in the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Friends for Life Walk-a-thon Sunday morning.

Plowing match opens Tuesday

Ryan Thomas of Paisley plowthe first two furrows at the International Plowing Match's media day, held Thursday. Bruce County is hosting this year's match, which runs from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 in Teeswater. (Eric Howald photo)

Restrictions needed to protect future of airport

The future of development around the Kincardine airport will be determined through GPS mapping.
Kincardine council agreed, Sept. 3, to use a GPS approach system for navigation at the aerodrome. The airport governance committee also suggested height restrictions around the runways to ensure development won’t interfere with flight plans.

"If we want to protect the airport, we need to have this in place," said councillor Ron Hewitt. "I know it won't always be easy."

Father drowns saving daughter

A 46‑year‑old Kitchener man died Sunday evening in Kincardine after trying to save his daughter from the waters of Lake Huron.
A  13‑year‑old girl and her friend were swimming at Station Beach sometime after 7 p.m. when one of the girls began having difficulty in the water. The other girl rushed to shore to get help from the girl's father.

Michael Hancock went out to help his daughter, say the South Bruce OPP.  but began having problems as well. Bystanders came to the aid of the pair and were able to rescue the girl but not her father.

He was brought to shore and rushed to the Kincardine Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The lake was quite rough Sunday evening.

The family had been visiting in Kincardine at the time of the accident.