New playground equipment, innovative programming, greet students returning to school

By Pauline Kerr

It’s the most exciting week of the year at local schools.

Returning students are being greeted by some new staff, as well as spruced-up facilities and innovative new programming.

Royal Canadian Legion Kincardine MacDonald Branch 183 celebrates 80 years of service

By Pauline Kerr

An 80th anniversary is quite a milestone, and the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is pulling out all the stops to ensure the celebration is a memorable one.

Way up

The scaffolding is up and work is underway to refurbish the Kincardine lighthouse. The work includes repairs to and the repainting of the lantern and flat roof, as well as work to the existing siding and windows. The lighthouse is closed to the public until the project is complete, which is expected to be early Novermber. (Josh Howald photo)

What the school lunch bunch munches fuels learning

By Pauline Kerr

Preparing school lunches these days involves a lot more than throwing a peanut butter sandwich and a can of pop in a back pack.

Laura Needham, public health dietician, and Bissan Ghaith, public health dietetic intern, both with the Grey Bruce Health Unit, explain school lunches are important. They’re what fuels a child’s learning.

Pedestrian runs in front of truck

A 26-year-old woman was airlifted to London with serious, life-altering injuries last Monday, Aug. 28.

At about 1 p.m., South-Bruce OPP, along with Bruce County Paramedic Services, responded to reports of a motor vehilce collision involving a pedestrian on Concession 2 SDR in the Municipality of Brockton.

Traffic jam

Saturday night marked the 26th annual Gathering of the Bands in Kincardine. Numerous musical acts entertained until pipers and drummers from all corners of the contintent joined the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band for its weekly march down Queen St. (Josh Howald photo)

 Kincardine house fire causes extensive damage

Residents of a home on Kennard Crescent escaped unharmed from a fire early Friday morning.

According to Municipality of Kincardine Fire Chief Kent Padfield, firefighters from the Kincardine and Tiverton stations were dispatched to 585 Kennard Cres. Just after 3 a.m. after receiving a call that the house was on fire. Bruce County paramedics, Westario Power and the South Bruce OPP also responded.

All six occupants in the home were able to get out unharmed. Padfield said firefighters were on the scene for three hours and were able to bring the blaze under control.

“Firefighters searched the house in heavy smoke conditions and found a fire in the basement,” he said in a report. “The fire was quickly brought under control but not before causing significant damage to the basement and smoke damage to the remainder of the house.”

 Cyclist calls for bike safety awareness, need for trails following collision on Highway 21

By Barb McKay

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after being hit by a pickup truck while riding on Highway 21 last week and is asking drivers to pay attention and share the road.

Dr. Stephen Brown, a Chesley dentist who has a cottage in Kincardine, was cycling north on Highway 21 near Concession 7 on Thursday shortly before 6 p.m. when he was clipped by the truck. His wife Pat told The Independent on Monday that her husband called her from the scene and told her what had happened, which he also described to police who arrived on the scene.

Land ho!

Craig Power, left, and Steve Howard in 98 the Beach boat took on Curtis and Hugh Campbell in the Black Squid and won the second annual Kincardine Community Fund Cardboard Boat Race. The race was held Saturday at Station Beach. (Josh Howald photo)

 Government requests additional information on DGR’s potential impacts to SaugeenOjibway Nation

By Barb McKay

The federal government is looking for additional information from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on the potential impacts of its proposed project to bury low- and intermediate-level waste underground on the SaugeenOjibway Nation (SON).

The request for information came early last week from Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna. She has asked OPG to update its analysis of potential cumulative effects of the proposed deep geologic repository (DGR) on physical and cultural heritage, through its ongoing process with SON. This new request comes just two months after the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) announced that it was satisfiedthat OPG adequately addressed 23 requests for information regarding its environmental assessment for a proposed DGR for waste that is currently being stored in containers above ground at the Bruce Power site.