Huron-Kinloss considers community centre improvements

By Barb McKay


If you are going to dream, dream big.


That was Huron-Kinloss community services director Mike Fair’s thought when commissioning conceptual architectural plans for improvements to the Ripley-Huron Community Centre. In January, the township hired GM Diemert Architect to meet with community groups and sports clubs that use the facility to talk about future needs for the building. The groups met twice and conceptual architectural designs were completed early last month. The designs include cost estimates for the various improvements and additions that could be used if government grant opportunities come about.


Two hurt in crash

Two people were injured and a 79-year-old woman was charged as a result of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 21 and Kincardine Ave. on May 5.

A 79-year-old Kincardine woman was charged after causing a two-car crash on Highway 21 May 5. (Josh Howald photo)


The crash scene was less than a half-kilometre from the Kincardine detachment of the South-Bruce OPP, so officers were quickly on the scene at about 3:10 p.m. The Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department and Bruce Paramedic Services also attended. Police officers learned a red Chevrolet Venture was heading east when it struck a black Lexus RX5 that was moving south on Highway 21.

Kincardine to celebrate World Fiddle Day

Lakeside downtown Kincardine has joined up with local fiddlers to help celebrate World Fiddle Day on Saturday.

A group of 25 to 30 enthusiastic local fiddle players, led by Deb Morris, will be performing on Harbour Street from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Featured guest artists include Randy Morrison and Devan Ballagh. Irish and step dancing performances by students from Studio 410 and The Celtic Academy Canada will be added to the traditional music entertainment program.

Following this outdoor program, the fiddlers and dancers will move indoors to The Bruce Steakhouse to continue the celebration with an open jam session and are inviting all musicians with acoustic instruments to join in the fun.

Medical clinic now the Hawthorne Community Clinic

Municipality of Kincardine council briefs

By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Community Medical Clinic has been renamed the Hawthorne Community Clinic in honour of retired Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne.


The Municipality of Kincardine council approved the renaming during its meeting on May 4, following a discussion about what the exact name should be. Councillor Maureen Couture suggested that the clinic be named the Hawthorne Community Medical Clinic. Councillor Laura Haight said she liked the idea, but thought the name should be shortened to the Hawthorne Medical Clinic.


Brrrrr-ave swimmer

Ashley Schultz climbs out of Lake Huron after jumping off the north pier Monday afternoon. She had organized a polar bear jump for her 30th birthday, but was struck by the flu and didn't get to attend her own party. Others did, however, take the plunge on the weekend. Schultz made good for her sponsors by jumping solo while on the mend. THe event raised more than $3,300 for Community Living Kincardine and District. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Municipalities commit $350,000 to Kincardine hospital studies

By Barb McKay


An application to redevelop the Kincardine hospital is closer to being put in the hands of the Ontario Ministry of Health after two municipalities agreed to put a large chunk of money towards the cost.


The Municipality of Kincardine and Township of Huron-Kinloss have agreed to cover most of the cost of technical and architectural studies that are required by the ministry in order for it to consider the latest plan for the Kincardine hospital. During its meeting last Wednesday, Kincardine council agreed to front $300,000 of the estimated $440,000 cost of the studies.


Kincardine welcoming a refugee family

After much work and waiting, The Kincardine Refugee Committee has accepted the first refugee family for the area.

The steering committee last week reviewed and decided to support the application of a family identified as “in high need for resettlement” by the Canadian government.


The family of four fled Iran due to political instability and is in Turkey waiting resettlement. Coming to Kincardine is a mother, 45, and her three adult children. The children, two males and one female, are between the ages of 21 and 24. A male spouse may join them in the coming year. They speak little English.


The steering committee believes that the Kincardine community will provide a warm welcome and a safe environment for the family as it starts a new life in Canada.

Just dance

Grace Dance Academy held rehearsals Saturday morning for the Spring Dance Recital, which will be held on May 14 and May 15.Here, the pre-ballet class dances to My Favourite Things. From left are Liberty Martin, Katie Beddington, Ella Szydlowski, Coraline Henry, Piper Johnson, Evey Booth and Katelyn Edey. Tickets are available for the recital at Penetangear. (Josh Howald photo)

ER doctor to join Kincardine hospital

The Kincardine hospital will be adding a full-time emergency room doctor to its team in September.


The Municipality of Kincardine announced on Thursday that council has approved an agreement with Dr. Anna Czyrny to practice full-time at the Kincardine hospital.


In a media release, Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke said the arrival of Czyrny will provide much needed relief to the Kincardine physicians’ team. Czyrny was hired following recruitment efforts by the Municipality of Kincardine Physician Recruitment Program, which is supported by a partnership that includes Bruce Power and the Town of Saugeen Shores.


Bluewater EA cuts a result of provincial funding adjustments

By Barb McKay


Planned cuts to Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) educational assistant staff is a direct result of reduced funding, according to a board superintendent of education.


Last week, the union representing the educational assistants (EAs) reported that the school board would lay off the equivalent of 23 full-time EAs in September.


Last Wednesday, BWDSB superintendent of education Alana Murray said the board will be eliminating seven full-time positions, reducing its full-time EA staff from 215 to 208 across 50 schools.