Dr. Secord monument to remain following citizen request to remove it


By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine has denied a request to remove a monument dedicated to Dr. Solomon Secord.


The monument was erected in front of the Kincardine library on Queen Street by friends of Secord following his death in 1910. Secord, grandnephew of Canadian heroine Laura Secord, began practicing medicine in Kincardine in the late 1850s. According to records compiled by local historian Graham Mahood, shortly after setting up practice in Kincardine, Secord took ill and went to stay with family in Georgia.


Bubble fun

Although there were all kinds of things for blowing giant bubbles, little Iris Dereniwski had her own idea of what to do with the pool filled with suds. (Pauline Kerr photo)

Back to school report for Kincardine and surrounding areas


By Tammy Schneider


It’s back-to-school for hundreds of children across the surrounding area. Teachers and administration staff have been busy readying their classrooms for the new year, and at home parents have been shopping for supplies, school clothes and getting children back on a regular schedule.


The Bluewater School Board offers registration information and back-to-school wellness tips for children of all ages on the board website at


Kincardine municipal all-candidates meeting on Sept. 26



By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine residents are invited to come out on Sept. 26 and meet the candidates who are running in the 2018 municipal election.


The Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce will host an all-candidates meeting at the Davidson Centre. Candidates will discuss their platforms and members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions about the issues that matter to them.



The Toronto Brigantine’s TS Playfair had tall ship watchers in awe as it crossed Lake Huron and docked at the Kincardine harbour on Aug. 23, just in time for the Heritage Marine Festival. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Province should have reached out to school boards, Bluewater director says


By Barb McKay


Bluewater District School Board’s (BWDSB) director of education says the province should have engaged with Ontario school boards regarding changes to the curriculum, but has instead set a tone of mistrust and discipline.


Shop for a good cause at the Clothes Hamper


By Tammy Schneider


Perhaps you have gained a few pounds and clothes don’t fit as well as they used to, or are looking for a few key accessories to bump up your current wardrobe. A trip to The Clothes Hamper may be just what you need.


Kincardine Summer Music Festival mentors next generation of musicians


Students Faith Takacs and Brendon Bull enjoyed a successful week of lessons during the Kincardine Summer Music Festival thanks to great teachers. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Ripley food gardens broken into for third time


By Barb McKay


The Bruce Botanical Food Gardens (BBFG) in Ripley has once again been targeted by thieves.


The break-in on Aug. 10 was the third such incident in less than less than two months. The first break-in occurred on June 20 where cash and heirloom seeds were stolen. This time, culprits left empty-handed.


Walking to end Parkinson’s disease


By Tammy Schneider


On Sept. 9 at 1 p.m., a group of local residents will lace up their running shoes and walk in support of a common cause, to end Parkinson’s disease and provide support for those already diagnosed.


Held at North Shore Park in Saugeen Shores, the walk will include people of all ages and backgrounds, including local resident Eleanor Thompson and daughter Nancy Alexander. Thompson’s son Tom was diagnosed with the disease at age 60, and this will be her third year participating.