Welcome back


If the weather is half decent, the area will be full of cottagers and other visitors this coming weekend. A welcome goes out to all of you.


However, you should know that you are the subject of much discussion by the Municipality of Kincardine. Councillors have been a bit on the touchy side the past couple of weeks whenever they discussed a proposed tourism strategic plan.


Councillor Ron Coristine, who spearheaded the plan, said Wednesday, as you can read in a story elsewhere in this newspaper: “Either you want this to go forward or you don’t and if you don’t, that’s fine. You can sit back and watch as tourism happens around you.”


Actually, he’s right.


As long as the pipe band keeps marching, and we have a welcoming populace, good weather and a clean lake, the tourists will keep coming, strategic plan or not.


Instead of spending more money to put more people behind desks, maybe the municipality should buy off the weatherman, encourage the pipe band, work on keeping the lake pristine and keeping the local taxpayers happy. It could keep people happy by providing good municipal services – tourists would like that too.


As a reader suggested last week: why doesn’t council just run the municipality and quit wasting time on plans?




Dana and I heard vocalist Sonja Gustafson Friday evening at the Governor’s Inn. She and her group – Paul Mitchell, trumpet; John Noubarian, piano; George Mitchell, bass; Rich Brisco, drums – are a talented crew.


The evening was a fund raiser for the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, one of our major tourist events for the past 21 years.




One of my long time friends, John Hafermehl of Mildmay, passed away Friday.


John was 78 years of age and still working at the paper he founded in 1965, The Town and Country Crier.


His daughter, Susan Bross, has been running the newspaper, but John worked every day and still had the final say on things, she said Sunday.


For many years John and I ran the only independent newspapers in Bruce County; independent publishers are few and far between and have much in common.


He was proud of his hometown and his paper.


He will be missed by his family and his many friends and readers.




You would think, after more than 40 years in this business, I would make sure that anything I’d written had been saved properly.


I wrote this column Sunday morning – when I came back to it Sunday afternoon, the file was empty. Don’t ask me how.


It’s too bad, because I’m sure the original was a masterpiece; it was longer anyways.


And as I’m not the fastest typist in the world, I’m about to shut it down.


One last note, we had to go to Walkerton and Mildmay Sunday and encountered whiteout conditions. I believe it’s time for spring.


Enjoy the holiday weekend. Remember the office is closed Monday and the deadlines have been moved ahead.