Nov 4, 2010

Mike Smith's paternal grandfather, Roswell Smith, was also Bruce County Warden in 1968.
Meaghan J. Mercer

Editor: Refer to


Feature Kraemer, Smith in race to be Bruce County warden  Read More

Nov 5, 2010

Letter to the Editor Mitchell offers comments about proposed amendments to Green Energy Act Read More

November 5, 2010

We came across your article about mathematical education and we ordered jump math.

 We are have everything now and the kids are really enjoying the jump math program...just wanted to let you know what a help that has been to us...grateful you thought to run such an article...I really like how they have lots of practice before the workbook pages, and lots of suggestions for activities for the teacher to provide...very nice.

Florida Resident

Editor:  See article below

Education Is our society mathematically illiterate?  Read More

November 4, 2010

November 3, 2010

Letters  Kudos to emergency and health care personnel Read More

November 3, 2010

This is a laugh coming from an MPP whose party, while in power, amalgamated everything in sight. Community identity are you kidding?  Murdoch continues to play the local card and the maverick even on his way out the door. He has a short memory.
Mark Ciavaglia

Editor:  See


Internet & Technology Murdoch unhappy with new phone books  Read More

October 29, 2010

Just to let you know, a man from Port Elgin saw the cats available for adoption on the Saugeen and Kincardine Times and has since adopted "Pushkin". I have also adopted out one of the four kittens which were shown on the website. I appreciate very much all the help in letting people know these cats are available for adoption.
Helga Szekeley
Cozy Cat Kennels

I'm so glad that Helga Szekely's cat and kitten adoptions are so well advertised on the Kincardine Times website. I have adopted kittens from her on three separate occasions, one of them who turned 16 this month, and she was absolutely wonderful for finding us that perfect pet. I hope anyone who decides to get a cat or kitten will see this article you have posted and contact Helga, they will not be disappointed!

Louise Bursey

Editor see the Pet Page

Oct 24, 2010

Letters  Youth election survey draws another response Read More
Letter to the Editor Majority of Bruce Beach cottagers oppose new wind turbine fields  Read More

October 22, 2010

It's a shame that only a very few candidates answered the questionnaire but perhaps it is indicative of the lack of respect by politicians towards young people who are wanting to become better informed and participate more fully in the electoral process. These were legitimate and important questions and all who received the questionnaire should have welcomed the opportunity to respond. Shame on those who didn't.

Dunc McCallum

Editor: Please see:

Teens Ask the candidates  Read More

October 20, 2010

On behalf of the South-Port Optimist Club, I would like to congratulate the staff and volunteers of the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre upon a successful Night at the Museum. Stephanie and Cathy are to be commended upon the great organization and the "unforgettable journey" had by all. This facility and the programming offered to our county is a true blessing and if you haven't experienced it, there are activities and events for all ages. Thank you for letting us "Bring out the Best in Kids."

Brenda Zinn
President of the South-Port Optimist Club

October 14, 2010

Letter to the Editor Give the women a chance to create a more cohesive council Read More

October 13, 2010

Letter to the Editor Candidate's credentials clarified Read More

October 12, 2010

 It is with great enjoyment that I read each of Jonathon's letters! I am one of his aunts, and while we all miss him VERY much, it fills us all with pride to send this wonderful, adventurous young man out into the world.

Jonathon has always been a delight to his family, and it's wonderful to see that others see him in that light as well!

Stay safe, Jonathon, and fill your year with as much adventure as possible!
Laura Ross


Feature Letters from Scotland  Read More


Feature Letters from Scotland  Read More


Oct 11, 2010

Letters  Re-therm hospital food raises many questions Read More

Letter to the Editor Hospital board must discipline its employee Read More

October 7, 2010

Letters Reader calls for better phone book Read More

Oct 6, 2010

Letter   Disgruntled caregiver in response to Liberal Candidate Love Read More

Letters A commendable effort by local athletes Read More

October 5, 2010

Great picture! I’m the secretary of the Tiverton Agricultural Society and I just can’t get around and see everything, thank you for the wonderful coverage and tour.

Dianne Todd

Editor: See


Tiverton News Sunny, brisk weather for Tiverton Fall Fair  Read More

October 2, 2010

Letters What happened in New Brunswick could happen in Ontario Read More

Oct 1, 2010

Letters Steam Generators to Sweden Read More

Letter to the Editor Previous apology rendered meaningless  Read More

September 30, 2010

Letter to the Editor The famous hospital food fiasco  Read More

September 29, 2010

Letter to the Editor Lynn Evans helps keep downtown streets clean  Read More

September 28, 2010

Letters   Deputy Mayor challenger clarifies position on downtown improvement  Read More

Letters Mayoralty challenger Victoria Serda replies openly to 'a slap in the face' Read More

September 27, 2010

Letter to the Editor Kincardine council needs efficient, effective leadership  Read More

September 24, 2010

Letters  A new reader from Cambridge Read More

September 24, 2010

Letter to the Editor Vote for candidates willing to fight for local health care  Read More

September 23, 2010

Letters Councilor gives clarification to signage  Read More

September 22, 2010

Brian Cole reports that 45mm of rain fell overnight in Southampton

September 22, 2010

Too many of those adult riders in the Terry Fox Run were not using bicycle helmets. They are compulsory for children but are necessary for others. Our adult son fell off his bike in Toronto and was unconscious for minutes and he was wearing a helmet. If he had not, the consequences would have been much worse. A word to the wise!
Jim White

Editor: See


Feature Terry Fox Run raises more than $10,500  Read More

Feature Terry Fox Run September 19  Read More


September 20, 2010

Letter to the Editor Kincardine mayoral candidate needs to check his website  Read More

September 18, 2010

Good on ya Harry.

I’m one of Peters 4 sisters, 3 in Australia, the youngest sister Chris, in Kingsville, Canada.

Peter was at the front of the line, well ahead of his other 5 siblings when ‘Talent’ was handed out, he had it all, writing, drawing, inventing, music, and the ability to make us laugh ‘till we cried.

11 years ago, he moved to Southampton. Of all the rivers and lakes in Canada, he chose ‘The Saugeen’. He lived for his fishing. Sadly , during this period he complained of deterioration in the River. By the sounds of previous letters, he complained of a number of ‘goings on’ around town. His efforts in writing to the Editor was to ‘prick the conscience’ cajole and amuse locals! He did that for sure. I loved my brother, warts and all.

Mary Fahy, Westbury, Tasmania

September 18, 2010


I just wanted to let you know that Peter Maher was my brother.

I am so proud of his talents as a Writer, a Cartoonist, an Inventor. He also was , as you may have noticed, a great Entertainer. He was also a very outrageous man. What was most amazing about Peter was that he taught himself all these things.

He will be missed by all of his family and friends.


Christina Lucas.
Kingsville /Ontario

September 18, 2010

Letters A 'eulogy' letter from Australia  Read More

September 15, 2010

Letter to the Editor A slap in the face to one of the town's citizens  Read More

September 13, 2010

Letters    Writer upset over non-renewal of leases Read More

September 11, 2010

Good reason to charge the Government of Ontario and the Wind energy association with crimes against humanity. These bums should be thrown in jail for what they are doing to the people of Ontario.


September 8, 2010

Letters Community helps young man to be able to go to school  Read More

September 7, 2010

Thank you to those responsible for the fascinating "marine heritage" report(s) in connection with the recent volunteers appreciation night function. The Saugeen Times is doing the community of Southampton a great service with coverage of this nature, possible only in a digitalized Internet format.

For someone who volunteered this summer to take part in the Chantry Island maintenance program, but was never called on to participate, the information contained in this report was most infomative and gave me a better feeling for the heritage preservation work that is ongoing in our midst, albeit a well-kept secret for some of us, second class as we might be.

(Richard (Dick) Wright

Editor See:

Heritage   Marine Heritage Volunteers appreciated Read More

September 5, 2010

Re: article on Thurs. Aug 5, 2010. "Young Entrepreneurs create a small business." The reporter who conducted the interview was excellent with my grandkids. It took me a while to figure out why she sounded so familiar, but it finally clicked.  Another granddaughter & I took in the dinosaur show and tour of Fairy Lake in 2009. I recalled what a good rapport the 'Queen of the Fairies' had with the children that day.

Thank you. Dody Bround P.S. We LOVE Southampton

Feature Queen of Fairy Lake bids farewell  Read More

September 5, 2010

I agree with Larry Millar 100 percent. this contry (sic) needs one law for everyone

D. Roth

September 4, 2010

Letter Could the drowning have been prevented?  Read More

Thank you for recognizing the efforts & talents of our local artists. We truly appreciate the support :)

Sharon Pike

September 2, 2010

The two kayakers (above) were about 15yrs or so, they had no lifejackets or safety equipment of any kind.  I warned them of potential fines but more so of the number of drownings this year and none of them were wearing lifejackets. They were nice, thanked me and returned to shore.


The police and ambulance were seen at about 1pm today, I had heard that an enebriated person had fallen down the rocks and cut themselves.  I wasn't able to confirm that, it just seemed unusual to see emergency vehicles out on the dock by the range light. I didn't even know they could get out there.

Cheers, Carol Walberg

September 2, 2010

As the parent of a special needs child who has been buddied this summer by many of the young teens in the article, I would like to say how much the parents of the special needs children appreciate the volunteer hours put in by these young men and women. Without them, the summer would not have been as successful for many of the children as it was, including some children who would have otherwise not been able to attend and be integrated as much as they were. My son had a wonderful summer, and there were some days that this was due in no small part to the buddy and other volunteers within his group. Thanks to them all for all their hard work! It is incredibly appreciated.

Alice Paisley-Ellis & Declan Ellis

Editor: See below


Teens Kincardine summer playground program volunteers appreciated  Read More

September 2, 2010

Letters    Another recap of the Dunes issueRead More

August 31, 2010

Letters    Volunteer Climate Observer needed Read More

August 28, 2010

Letters   Visitors voice concerns over signage Read More

Letters Dunes have a long history  Read More

August 27, 2010

Letter to the Editor True representation?  Read More

August 27, 2010

Letters Too little, too late?  Read More

August 26, 2010

Letters A first-hand account of the dunes of Southampton  Read More

August 25, 2010

Letters United Way achieves lofty goal  Read More

August 25, 2010

Toutes mes pensées vont à la famille d'Oksana

{All of our thoughts go to the family of Oksana}

Béatrice, André et Julie Doukae


August 24, 2010

Thank you Sandy for posting the Saugeen Shores Relay For Life News Article…
Once again you come through for us.
So appreciate your support and dedication to our community and this event.

Because of people like you – the event is the success it is –
And why we are able to raise $334,000 in just two years!!!

Mini Jaques


Health & Fitness Relay for Life results are in  Read More


August 24, 2010

Letters  Dunes bring more reaction  Read More

August 23, 2010

Letters Trelford article touches a chord Read More

August 23, 2010

Your question is very unhappily worded because, as far as I know, no one is advocating the reduction of "dunes" plural. What the Southampton Residents Association (SRA) is advocating on behalf of its members on Harmer St is that one large dune be lowered as contemplated by Geoff Peach's 2006 report commissioned by the SRA. One of the reasons it can and should be lowered is that it is far higher than necessary to perform its function of preventing sand loss even at the highest water level.

Your question unfairly sets up a 'straw man' which is easily knocked down and so it is no wonder there is a high percentage of "no" answers.

Rod McLeod. Past President, SRA

August 22, 2010

Letters  Century cottage owner wades in on the dunes Read More

August 21, 2010

Letters   Sign guidance better than an outright ban Read More

August 20, 2010

Gladys Micks got it right.
"It will be a shame if the mayor and council 
get  away with this."
This little beautiful place is not some
thing to be auctioned off to a corporation
or petty interference from council.
Leave the signs alone please. This is my town

August 19, 2010

Letters Another visitor complains  Read More

August 18, 2010

Letters Finding points of interest through signage  Read More

August 17, 2010

Letters Tourists respond to signage issue  Read More

August 16, 2010

GREAT photographs telling a great story  Michael Crossling

Editor:  See


Health & Fitness Kincardine Relay for Life raises $66,300  Read More

August 15, 2010

Letters Labour Council concerns  Read More

August 14, 2010

Letters Asking for First Nations' help Read More

August 12, 21010

Letters Dangerous Vacationer Read More

August 11, 2010

Letters Ontario Nature Read More

August 9, 2010

Dear Sandy, Thank you so much for your article on the Southampton Arts Society'sShilling Experience opening, pictures and commentary.  Your constant support of the Arts in Saugeen Shores is very much appreciated.  Hope to see you this weekend at the Sauble show.
Sincerely, Jo Ann

August 9, 2010


On behalf of both Pat and I, just a quick thank you for your help in letting the public know all about the "Art On The Fence" show on July 31 in Southampton. As you know, we had a large and steady flow of traffic through the show from well before 9:00 until 12:30 or so when the rain shut us down.

Thanks for both the advance story and the followup piece. We don't know how you do it. Everywhere, all the time! What would we do without the Saugeen Times?

Many thanks!

Ken and Pat Cassavoy

August 7, 2010

Letter to the Editor OHA is no longer voice of hospitals, says writer Read More

August 7, 2010

Letters A visitor's viewpoint on signs Read More

August 4, 2010

I was stunned that "Council" was taking such a poor approach to a very sensitive issue. It is my understanding that "Council Members" are elected to serve taxpayer  interests. 

The communication of this "by-law" appears to have been intentionally stifled.

Why was there no opportunity for business owners to present their side of this important issue? After spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on signs why are owners  being forced to remove all of them. Does "Council" not realize that advertising brings in business; which you need in a tourist town.

Would a better approach not be to clean up any shrubs, weeds, etc. around the signs to make them more presentable.

I always felt Southampton to be a tourist destination which requires signs directing people to various locations. Take them away and a lot of your drivers (especially seniors) will have difficulty finding Motels or other attractions.

I live in Kitchener and we have all kinds of signs everywhere; why remove them in Southampton?

I truly hope that "Council" reconsiders their poor decision, and I encourage the "small business owners" not to give up their fight. Keep this "signage" issue a "hot button" topic before the Public and "Council".


Borys Malko

Kitchener Visitor 

Editor:  See article below:


Feature Signage By-law has many small business owners concerned Read More

August 4, 2010

I must agree with Marie on this sign bylaw. It is OK for the town to collect the huge dollar in taxes from a business such as Cedar Court Motel. Ask her to support all the local Charitees, Fund Raisers etc  yet ask her to remove a few signs spread on the outskirts of the town I feel is simply uncalled for.

Has anyone thought to even ask the tourists or the visitors to your town their opinion on these signs? I, as a would be vacationer in your town am attracted by all the Glimmer, Bling and Signage with lights that an attraction has to offer. You could say it gives it that Hollywood or Vegas feel. Take Grand Bend for example......Signage....tons of it.....Tourists......tons of them. I believe not only does a place like Cedar Court benefit from these signs but benefit is realized by the whole town.

People like myself travel from town to town untill something attracts them to stick around for awhile. Be it a Museum, Accommodations, Food, Beaches, whatever.  Keep these people in town even a little bit longer and they will spend money. Money that is invested back into the town. If I don't stumble across a reason to stay in that town, such as I don't know where the nearest Motel is or where is the closest Gas station, I'll move on, driving to the next town that maybe has a sign up or attraction that makes me want to stay there a little while longer.

What about the possible other benefits  such as those people in a hurry going nowhere too fast. Speeding drivers travelling through the town endangering others in their path on the highways. Is it possible some of these idiots may slow down just a little to read the signs....because they do need food, gas, a place to stay overnight or maybe just a reason to slow down in your community.

Roger Vandendriessche, Simcoe. Ontario

Editor:  See article below:


Feature Signage By-law has many small business owners concerned Read More


August 4, 2010

Letters Cruisers in Port Elgin sold  Read More

August 3, 2010

Excellent article about "signage".
This little town runs on visitors, charm, and the ambience is being surely destroyed by a heavy handed council who think it's ok to allow a
 couple of monster ugly buildings on hwy 21 to have giant signs  [pharmacuetical companies] but not the little guys.

 I don't think this is helping. This talk about progress has got to change. The future is now. Get rid of this silly by-law. It hurts people and don't forget there is a council election coming up
in the fall.

August 3, 2010

Hi, Liz.
Thanks for publishing the photo and story of our car in your paper. We have been coming to one or two car shows in Kincardine for years, and we enjoy them more than any other show we go to. There are so many people, many of whom stop to chat - they once had a Healey, or got married in one. One lady came up to us whose grandson was called Austin Healey and she had no idea there was a car by the same name, so I gave her a Hot Wheels model of the car. There is a man in Kincardine who sold the cars when thet were new in Toronto! He always stops by for a nostalgic visit. We also enjoy the weekend shopping and dining in the town The merchants and their staff are friendly folks.
Thanks again,

Bill Park

August  3, 2010

i read this article .i understand the owners point of view ,i have visit in southhampton ,and the sign took me to cedar court ,the motel was close to everything i needed to visit this beautiful town ,so please think twice about taking this down ,the owners are so good and make there customers feel at home ,they give a personal touch ,that leaves you leaving southampaton you want to come back again ,so this gives business too other town business staying at the motel ,the town is a team i feel when i visit southhampton ,the signs direct the tourits where to go ,so i feel your making a wrong decision and will regret taking these signs down ,you want to make it look better cut the grass around the signs then everything looks neater thats all that needs ,well i live in simcoe and enjoy southhampton ,remember business brings finaces and money in the town ,so who ever is in charge wake up ,pick on sonmething elese ,well i wish you all the best thank you for letting me make my opinion yours truly Joanne Sicard simcoe

Editor:  Letter refers to the article below:

Feature Signage By-law has many small business owners concerned Read More

August 3, 2010

If the town council gets its way, any new people who come to this town will have a very hard time finding anything they may need.

For the people who already live here, they will have the same problem.

For the Love of God, don't be so stupid. The time's now, are tough enough. Leave it alone.
R. Ankenmann

Editor:  Letter refers to the article below:

Feature Signage By-law has many small business owners concerned Read More

August 3, 2010

I just read this article and I'm horrified by what has been happening to Southampton over the years! We have been vacationing there since I was a little kid, following the tradition of my parents and grandparents. The last time we were there was August 2006 and have not been able to make it back due to my daughter's medical problems. However we will finally be able to vacation in Southampton next week after many stressful years. Although I'm looking forward to our vacation, I'm also a bit nervous about the changes that I will see. I'm trying to get away from the stress and 'big town' life. I'm looking to vacation in our quaint little Southampton....yet I feel that I'm going to see a shopping mall on the corner! The last few years I get comments from my brother about all the changes that have taken place. When will it be enough? Now you want to hit the 'small guys' and take their signs down? Come on! How will people ever find these businesses? I've told my family that I will go this year as I need to get away, but if I'm not even going to recognize the town, I will save my money and find a new vacation spot elsewhere. Please, please, don't take away the charm from this beautiful town!

Melanie Sokolowski

Editor:  Letter refers to the article below:

Feature Signage By-law has many small business owners concerned Read More



This is a good sensible letter. it deserves support from the media.There should be justifiable exceptions to the standard regulations


Allan Murray

Editor:  We assume it is the letter below is the letter in question.

Letter to the Editor - Small business owner upset over sign By-law Read More

August 1, 2010

When it comes to wind energy, it appears that health concerns are not unique to Ontario.

A recent article in the New York Times, illustrates that it is also an ongoing problem as far away as Oregon.  It appears that some of the same complaints regarding hearing, nausea and dizziness have also become issues at other geographical locations.\

For more information: Click here

John Goemans

July 29, 2010

Looks like the Saugeen Chamber has to get their full time hired staff to management training.  Lots of cash, tax payer and business money involved.  They will be in audit mode for some time to come.  Kind of sad.

Port Elgin

Editor: See

Police Charges laid in Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce fraud case Read More

July 27, 2010

Letters to the  Editor Out-sourcing health care is old news to Kincardine  Read More

July 27, 2010

Best article I've seen in a long time--way to go Liz Dadson! (Editor:  Again refers to the article about William Dickies sculpture)

July 26, 2010

A terrific report on William Dickie's sculpture of Donald Dinnie being unveiled in Lucknow.  I was there, and your article and photos are very comprehensive.

Feature Donald Dinnie statue unveiled in Lucknow  Read More

July 26, 2010

Great beach pictures!....................question, why are dogs not allowed on any of the beaches yet smokers puffing away are?

July 25, 2010

Sandy & Liz :


Best Regards: Robert Greason
Derby Chair

July 25, 2010

 Letters Reply to Union  Read More

July 24, 2010

 Letters Public Sector Unions / Corporate Tax Cuts  Read More

July 23, 2010

I agree, leave the city in the city, and don't touch the dunes.  Breathe the air and enjoy nature.  Carry a garbage bag and pick up litter as you go. eventually the folks throwing it will get the message.


July 22, 2010

Letters Doug Freiburger responds to dunes issue Read More

EXCELLENT pictures and article re NATURAL DUNES!  That is the way it has been, Nature at it's best.

No manicured dunes, P L E A S E!

Chris Gable

Take the Survey

Surveys Should the Dunes in Southampton be reduced?    


July 20, 2010

Town Council/Letters  Luke Charbonneau responds to recent Saugeen Times Surveys  Read More

July 19, 2010

One monstrous way to SPRUCE the BRUCE is to move all the proposed Bluewater Wind Turbines to east of Highway 21. Lake Range Road is just about built to the maximum on the west side from Kincardine to the 6th Concession of Huron-Kinloss Township. The next obvious location for more residential development is the east side of Lake Range Road. If the proposed Bluewater Wind Farm is allowed to position wind turbines so close to Lake Range Road no future residential development will be possible. A great loss of not only tax revenue to the township but also a loss of potential revenue to the farmers that own the land along the east side of Lake Range Road.

Ross Klopp

July 16, 2010

I was just the victim of a heinous robbery at my letter box ! Opened a hydro bill and a sewer/water bill and was mugged by their contents. After giving up more money from my wallet, I realized this was all perpetrated by an elected government. Since election, the NO TAX platform has heaped taxes upon us, taxes upon those taxes, created taxes under different names (health premium, lottery ticket increases, HST, etc.) and politely sent out expensive brochures that you would need a lawyer, accountant, and engineer to decode for you as they try to explain that you are NOT being robbed. I survived this latest robbery, but I don't know how many more I can handle. Maybe the local constabulary could stake out the postal system, prevent this in the future, and detain those responsible ?

Mooky Blue

July 15, 2010

This is very tragic and sad-there are usually thousands of baby gulls in the bays at Chantry in June and July-so many that you have to protect yourself from the attacking parent gulls. I am a tour guide and was stunned to see the devastating effect of this intervention this year. There are 2 baby gulls-as in the photos submitted by Carol and no gulls in the bays. And yes--the cormorants are thriving even better this year!! Since it is a bird sanctuary, it is odd that the Ministry is taking no action.

Anne Holman

Editorial Man suspected of interfering with nature  Read More

July 11, 2010

Letters Thanks to the Saugeen Times for Relay for Life coverage  Read More

July 9, 2010


Another frustrating road hazard is THAT VISITORS do not realize that many cross roads are ONLY TWO WAY STOP SIGNS i.e.  when going EAST on High Street (SOUTHAMPTON) the number of times folks (out-of-towners) STOP at HIGH/VICTORIA and the following vehicles have to brake suddenly!  Maybe (ha-ha) we should implement 4-way stops at all intersections during TOURIST SEASON!

Chris Gable

July 8, 2010

They couldn't shut him up and they couldn't make him sit down. Marjorie Davison VP[prov Lib party] is all excited about their chances, 5 candidates will be up for us as soon as we know who's who.

20 years being an honest politician and you dis him with we need a 'more professional member' in Queens Park.

With the kids getting their info off the internet constantly, not from parents programming, there are changes around you.

The latest HST tax grab, from Fed Tories and Prov Libs. makes them even more aware.

Looking a little left of center mostly.


Editor: See

Feature MPP Murdoch announces retirement Read More

July 7, 2010

Still not getting the message...re LETTERS Saugeen Times July 4...kayakers....and Today Tuesday from CFOS 6am news kayaker rescued off Port Elgin - NO PFD.  Toronto Star this Tuesday morning...Mississauga youth drowns in Trent...NO PFD!

Those that survive should be...charge them with the COSTS of RESCUE.

Chris Gable.

July 7, 2010

 Letters/Event PlannerSouthampton Residents Association announces AGM   Read More

July 6, 2010

Letters Creating awareness of Noxious Plants Read More

July 6, 2010

Excellent photo shots of Saugeen River and former CN Rail Bridge in Paisley.

This is part of the Bruce County Rail Trail, which is fortunately a Multi-use Trail, (ATVs, dogsledding, walking, biking, horsebackriding, snowmobiling).  The bridge sections is presently in use for all uses except snowmobiling.

July 4, 2010

July 4 rescue. Today while at Chantry Island our summer student James noticed 2 kayakers in the water waving their paddles. Their tandem kayak had swamped. He rescued them using our Tilbury . Neither had a lifejacket. After this on his return to Southampton he witnessed a 7m power boat hit the long dock. This boat was towed to Port Elgin by another boater. Quite a day for the fledgling firefighter.( Works part time for fire dept.)

Rick Smith,Chair
Southampton Marine Heritage Society

July 3, 2010

Yes, Carol Michell , you're right about jobs and prosperity moving to other places, like hiring more people in government to chase the working man for taxes and whatever else you can take , police to fight with the protesters that are trying to send you a message to stop stealing our money from us and wasting it on stupidity like the G-20,etc,etc.

Gordon Dickinson

Letters MPP Mitchell writes on HST  Read More

July 3, 2010

HST is ok really says Carol Mitchell. [Prov Liberal MPP ]

One of my sons can write the music to that tune Carol. It's a rip off and you're following Mr Mc Gintys orders. Now be truthful.
You caved in.
74% of Ontario was against it. Bill Van der Zam ex premier of BC collected 700,000 names on a petition saying NO he got shot down with a rubber stamp too.

The only dude who stood up and said it was wrong Was Bill Murdoch, a Tory, for goodness sake. Got heaved out Queens Park.

A single mom with 3 kids will now pay 8% more on her heating bill and her kid's won't be going out now and again for a treat at the local burger joint because it will cost 8% over A 4 $ total.

Both our governments. Fed [Tory] and Prov [Libs] have suckered us into the biggest tax grab since ..... since... any volunteers ?

Editor:  See

Letters MPP Mitchell writes on HST  Read More


July 3, 2010

Dear Liz,

During my research for the FOTKH I came across this website for "Niagara at Large"with this excellent article (Dated 12th May 2010) by writer Doug Draper on the New OHA By-Laws, which will effectively "Gag" all doctors from speaking publicly under penalty of having hospital privileges withdrawn (Dr Lisa Roth!).

Could it be, that SBGHC CEO Paul Davies in his lofty position as an OHA Board Member & Treasurer of the OHA, has been actively pushing for this particular change in the OHA by-laws?? We can only surmise!. Doug Draper makes some very good points and there are excellent comments at the end from members of the public.


July 2, 2010

Bike / Hiking Path : PRIDE TURNS TO ANGER.

The news that this paved path would run along the shore drive route seemed like a great idea and was welcomed by most residence. How were we to know it would turn into a project which now has angered many of us and puts into question Saugeen Shores ability to manage anything.

Why was this not done in April and May, not the end of June and a complete mess on July 1st. Holiday weekend ? Why did it involve removing the whole roadway, including portions just totally re-paved 2 years ago? Most visitors take this drive as a part of their Saugeen Shores experience yet the road is essentially closed. Constant dust, pot holes and prolonged construction during peak vacation period.

The portions of the path which are paved now are being used without any instructions. I have witnessed pedestrians startled by cyclists coming up to them from behind at high speeds. I've seen dogs being walked or running besides bikes with long leashes and getting tangled into walkers. Has any of this been thought out?


Robert Greason

July 2, 2010

Letters MPP Mitchell writes on HST  Read More

June 30, 2010

Town Council/Letters Resident Questions Styrofoam Re-cycle -- receives response  Read More

June 30, 2010

Hello Liz,

You covered our Pine River Watershed Appreciation Day really well.  Your explanations of our projects really informed people about our work. Numerous people have told me they have read the article online.

We were lucky that the weather cooperated that day.  A tour in the rain would not have been much fun.

Thanks for supporting us,
Anne Eadie

Editor... see article below:

Huron-Kinloss Tour of Pine River Watershed projects a real eye-opener Read More

June 29, 2010

Hello, I was watching the You Tube video about the "obtuse drivers" in Kincardine last night. My car was not one of the ones caught on tape, but this still bothers me a little. I think that if someone has the nerve to photograph people, call them names and single them out show licence plates and faces, they should be responsible enough to put their name to it. I feel it is cowardly to sneak around and not put your name to it. Please feel free to contact this "source" and have them add their name if they believe that they are the law, or don't bother publishing any more crap.

Perry Johns

Editor:  See

Feature Illegal parking in Kincardine caught on video Read More

June 28, 2010

What were the three levels of government thinking? Do they not remember Seattle , Quebec City and the other venues where these hoods have spread a path of terror, with their mindless acts of destruction! Millions of dollars spent on security including 5000 police officers and was it effective?

These cowards marched with the peaceful protesters, committed their dastardly deeds , changed their attire and were lost in the crowd! Shame on these hooligans! The next meeting of the mighty should be staged on a boat. It will not only save the taxpayers loads of monies but also give these anarchists a choice to either sink or swim!

Barry Ruhl

June 26, 2010

The G8 protests in Toronto-- What a confused mess. Genuine protesters and anarchists, silly people, smart folks, druggies, nutters and some out for a weekends riot.

I read Ian Rankins Naming of the Dead a while back. It refers to the the G8 in Edinborough. A similar story. protesters vs police.  It would appear if they did this gig in one place, the same place each time, It would save a $ or a $billion each time plus a lot of disruption.

An island somewhere which is out of reach to the nonsense crowd. Did somebody mention Alcatraz ? This is silly as of right now.


June 25, 2010

What an interesting article. My parents Elmer and Joyce Courtney told me about the tour and living out west now it was interesting to hear all about the Pine River watershed.

I enjoy keeping in touch with Kincardine through the Kincardine Times. You do a great job.

Joan & Mike


Huron-Kinloss Tour of Pine River Watershed projects a real eye-opener Read More

June 24, 2010

$1000 winner last night was Watt Rodgers of Southampton ....Andrea LaBlaance


June 24, 2010

When was the filming done at Sauble Beach as shown in your article that I viewed today??
Is it happening now or was this filmed a few years ago? And if now where is it being filmed? I’m going to the cottage tomorrow and hope to go swimming!

The filming is being done at South Sauble Beach at the bottom of French Bay Rd. and is to wind up today/tomorrow (June 24/25). Locals sat up on the dunes and watched the entire shoot. I was lucky enough to interview the director, who invited me back the next day to see the 'tank episode'. Some who watched had fathers and grandfathers at D-Day so, for them, it was a moving experience.

Sandy Lindsay Editor

June 23

I just read Liz's report on the Pine River Watershed Appreciation Day tour. Well done Liz!  Very informative and inspirational to all involved!
Doug Brown

Huron-Kinloss Tour of Pine River Watershed projects a real eye-opener Read More

June 21

Re-Stephen Hawking.

Thx for the tip Sandy about the special on TVO. Amazing fellow. I bought two copies of A Brief History of Time. Lent them to my friends and never saw them again. It didn't matter. I didn't understand a word but I get the gist. Indeed I do.

After the politicos and promoters I enjoyed it.  Except for Mr. McGinty's old gag.  Heard it a long time ago.  I heard it when I was a kid  Keep going Professor Steve. We love ya.


June 17, 2010

 I don't know if you explained in another article about the "Bruce County Adventure Passport" but in case you didn't, your readers should know that there is a stop at Fairy Lake in Southampton. The passport contains 12 stops from the Grotto at Cyprus lake park in the north to a Teeswater implement dealer in the south with several churches, sand dunes, villages and conservation areas in between. My wife and I completed the route about 2 weeks ago and it was a great way of seeing parts of Bruce County that we would never have thought of visiting. (But will definitely go back).

Marvin Doran

Editor: See Explore the Bruce launches season kick-off Read More

June 17, 2010

The last two $25.00 draw winners are :
Ron Vauthier of Burlington and Patrick Van Myall of Port Elgin.

The big $1000.00 draw will be next Wed. June 23  Stay tuned for the WINNER!!!!!

Andrea LaBlance

June 17, 2010

To Robert Vanderburg..Letter POLICE PATROLS

You are right. Why ?  Because it is not illegal in Canada to have a 'police scanner' in your home. In many countries it is.

Individuals can listen to every thing the cops discuss. And do.your burglars probably made a decision after hearing that the local constabulary were on their way to investigate a "pot grow lot". At the same time the Pot growers, listening in on their scanner, packed their tools and headed out.

The age of hi tech is beyond cell phones already but there are still plenty of common sense ideas ignored and untouched.  Like ban scanners in private hands.


June 16, 2010

I support the First Nations protest at the HST tax grab.  After diving into the quagmire of a trillion words on treaties [good luck] via google I surfaced with one fact.

Harper and McGinty are out of order, totally out of order. In charging tax up front.  The 1st Nations do not pay tax in Canada. Period.

This is a disgusting government scam. "Pay now and send us your receipts later for a refund !"  That is, paying tax.

This has the smell of a tawdry TV advertisement, is unfair, embarrassing to all Canadians, and also illegal.  Also we will look just "whoopee" on the world stage when it's brought to light.

There go's our National image.


June 15, 2010

Letters  Police Patrol Questioned Read More

June 15

With regards to your subject “Should we attempt Blue Flag status for the beach/marina”, we will be the laughing stock of the Blue Flag Organization if the James B. Is still there! Get it out of there ASAP!

A Concerned Taxpayer

Editor for Blue Flag survey and related information.

June 14, 2010

Letters Support for First Nations rally Read More

June 14, 2010

Subject: Anti HST rally by 1st Nations  See  the article below.

First Nations  to hold anti-HST rally Read More

It seems simple enough. Pull out the old Treaties, look up taxes and do what we promised.

 It's a bit late to change the rules now. Not to mention dishonest.
Before anyone starts whining that we have to pay it [ HST ], just remember the land on which the building you live in, the place you shop, play golf and go to work etc. was part of that treaty. The land belonged to "them".

In return if 1st nations were said to be exempt from tax. So be it.  Play fairly.


June 13, 2010

Letters Pretty in Pink garage sale a success Read More

June 12, 2010

Letters Blue Flag? Why not?  Read More

June 10, 2010

Draw Winners: George Ottewell of Owen Sound and Rob Shewfelt of Southampton. Thanks.  Andrea LaBlance

 June 9, 2010

This is too much. What happens to those poor people that do not file income tax by choice? They will not be able to receive this little bribery package from the government, but they will still have to pay taxes.

Saugeen First Nations

Editor see:

Feature HST cheque may be in the mail?  Read More

June 7, 2010

I too enjoy watching the fox(s) scamper around on the north shore from my cottage window. I also enjoy reading different papers on the internet. After reading the article today in the English Daily Mail, I find that foxes aren't so "cute" any more. Beware they are not pets.


John Goemans


June 3, 2010

Here are the two names from our Rotary Draw this week.  Carl Crymble and Dave Wenn both of Southampton.

Andrea La Blance

June 1, 2010

To the Editor,
I was visiting Southampton on the weekend of May 29/30, 2010 and was
thrilled to be able to see the sky so lit up with stars. However, while I looking through a pair of binoculars at one of the brighter "stars" (north of what I was told was Venus) in the lower western sky, I noticed there were some green and red flashes coming from the "star." I looked online and
could only find references to bizarre stories of a "Mothership trying to communicate with us."

 I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. Do you know what it was? Did
anyone else happen to notice this?
 Also, I heard another story about two swans in Fairy Lake dying. Is this
true and if so how did they die?

Karen Patricia Crigger
2373 Bloor Street West, #14
Toronto, ON M6S 1P6

Editor:  Red and Green flashing lights are common on aircraft, spacecraft and ships.  The red is by law on the port side and the green on the starboard side.  This is common and is seen often on clear nights.  On aircraft it appears as a strobe effect and this is probably what you saw.

We lost one female swan last year. She was 'on the nest' and it was thought that she was attacked by a larger animal, such as a fox, as her eggs were also destroyed. The male swan remains ... although we are sure, very lonely.

May 28, 2010

Our ever-vigilant reader, Pete, caught the Saugeen Times on an error in a recent article about Tim Horton's Camp Day on June 2nd.

It was reported that Southampton and Port Elgin locations raised over $9 million last year! While they did extremely well, with each location raising over $6,000, the $9 million should have referred to 'Tim Horton's' Canada wide.

Thanks for keeping us on our toes, Pete.

Sandy Lindsay,

May 28, 2010

Perhaps Carol Mitchell,  the member for  Huron-Bruce should be invited to a forum to respond to the issues addressed at the council meeting.  After all she is our representative in parliament

Barry Ruhl


Town Council Council Chamber filled with anger and frustration Read More

May 28, 2010

Hi:  Yesterday's issue of the Kingston Whig Standard carried a warning about a noxious weed called "Wild Parsnip," which has invaded eastern Ontario and northern New York.   The description of the toxic effects of this weed is very similar to that of the Hogweed, so, after some checking, I found that this weed, along with the familiar Wild Carrot, or Queen Anne's Lace, is a relative of the Giant Hogweed. 

    I thought it an interesting coincidence that the article appeared so soon after your's on the Hogweed.  I am originally a farm boy from Bruce County (many years ago,) but I don't recall ever seeing this plant.  I assume it has arrived in recent years, uninvited, from some exotic location. 

Rod Sieffert

Kingston, Ontario

March 26, 2010

Well, the first weekend of Yard Sales is behind us.  Hopefully they were successful in recycling all kinds of stuff.

Thanks to all the vendors who removed their ads from the various poles around town.

A dart to those at 481 Goderich Street who haven't bothered to take theirs down!


......The man without the Tilley hat


March 26, 2010


I just wanted to make a comment on your article in regards to the May 24 weekend yard sales.

The picture of the yard sale on the bottom (Kingsway Street) was actually my home.  We were doing a fundraiser for Neuroblastoma Research which is a cancer that occurs in children.  My cousin, Nathaniel Hudson, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma last year and has been going through numerous surgeries, chemotherapy, and now radiation treatments.  He just turned 3 years old.  All of the proceeds are going to “The James Fund” in Nate’s name.  I am happy to report that we raised just over $1500!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped with the yard sale from organizing, setting up tables, bringing their own donations, manning the tables, and contributing to the cause in every way imaginable.  We were overwhelmed by the response, and can’t thank everyone enough for contributing to this worthy cause.  Together we can make a difference and find a cure.  Thank you to everyone for your support.

Judith Byles
on behalf of the Byles, Frook, and Palmer Families

March 26, 2010

Hmmm and Richard Thomas just resigned as Communications rep for the Bluewater School Board….

Here’s hoping he’s got an offer of an amazing job or contract!

He’s talented, experienced and so deserves the best life has to offer.

I can hear the “Help Wanted“ ad being typed up even now.

Wonder if Miranda Miller of Owen Sound is interested in applying for the position?.

As she has the passion to communicate on the issue of communication?


Mini Jacques

Editor:  See the article

Education Bluewater School Board Communications Coordinator resigns  

May 26, 2010

Letters More information on CF18 Pilot  

May 25, 2010

According to local reports, the CF18 fighter jet that buzzed the area on Sunday was flown by Port Elgin's own Mike York of Cold Lake Alberta Squadron 409.  He was home for the weekend and landed in Wiarton.  That's one way to beat the traffic!

Out 'n' About Low flying jet rattles windows

May 24, 2010

Will they never LEARN or OBEY??

Last evening between 5.50 and 6.00 pm (Sunday 23 May 2010), we watched 3 (motor) boats come into the Southampton Harbor, and one out going.  And amazed that with small children on board no PFD's!

One craft 8 folks, another 7 incoming and then two guys going out...all without the PFD's

BUT CONGRATULATIONS to those another one in-coming with kids and adults (8) all with their jackets on!

Only the evening before CTV -Toronto showed two guys who had their craft sunk with rocks with the low water off the Toronto area, water temperature only 14C

Wonder how many water deaths this long-weekend in Ontario alone with no PFD's.

Chris Gable

May 23, 2010

Letters Deregulation still haunts us  Read More

May 23, 2010

You came to our Lakefront cottage Friday night and took something that was NOT yours.

The lighthouse you took was one of the last things made by a dying young Mother for her young son.  They made it together just before she passed away.  He has suffered enough loss and sadness.  We ask you to PLEASE RETURN IT. 

Thank you Justin and his grandparents.


May 23, 2010

Southampton Rotary grossed $1524.00 yesterday at our fish and chips event.
Thanks for always being around to take some pictures!
Michael and Andrea La Blance

May 21, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on the new front of the SOUTHAMPTON DENTAL CARE.  It looks absolutely great, and a wonderful addition to High Street..

The Man In The Tilley Hat.

May 21, 2010

Thanks for such a great article and pictures of our Paul Harris Award night!  You are the best!  This winners this were for our Rotary Draw were Mary Lynn Hart and Jenny & Don Amy.

Andrea La Blance

May 20, 2010

 Letters/Education Reader responds to communication ineptitude at Bluewater School Board and Administration   Read More

May 18, 2010

 Letters Bluewater School Board called up on the carpet again   Read More

May 17, 2010

To Sandy Lindsay, Saugeen Times, Owner/Editor

Hello Sandy,
Frank and I would like to say a "BIG THANK YOU" for the beautiful photo in your Saugeen Times !!! What a surprise when we saw it while we had breakfast!

We enjoyed the day in Southampton very much and our plan is to spend 2 weeks in June in this charming breathtaking area. So, once again, thank you Sandy !!! Greets to you from us !!

Frank and Anja Wright, Waterloo, Ontario

Editor:  See Out 'n' About for May 15, 2010

Letters Southampton residents association seeks members Read More

Brian Wakelin of Southampton and Brian Doherty of Ottawa won the weekly Rotary draw

Andrea La Blance

May 11, 2010

Pharmacists have tried in the past to address the waste in the system but the Government  never seems to get the point. Annually ,thousands upon thousands of dollars of unused drugs are returned to the stores by customers for disposal. Co-pays were put in by the government to encourage some responsibility by the public to not perceive drugs as free and that there was some personal cost involved. But many Pharmacies waved the fee negating what many considered as a deterrent to waste. Pharmacies should not have been allowed to wave the fee. This would have made the public more responsible and put money into the health system.

W. Wardrop

May 10, 2010

Thank you very much for taking this picture!

As you probably know....Mom's (Coral) family was among the first settlers here in Southampton in the early 1800's.  My Grandparents, Great Grandparents & Great-Great Grandparents, on my Mom's side are buried in the Southampton Cemetery.  So for Krysta & now the babies.....their Great-Great-Great & Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents!   Amazing when you think about the history here for us!

Mom was born in Southampton and was Baptized in the United Church......as was all her six children.   My three children were all Baptized in the United Church here as well as most of Mom's other grandchildren &  other great grandchildren.  All of us have been Married in the United Church, except for my brother.  Several of Mom's grandchildren  have also been married in the United Church.   Mom has 20 Grandchildren & 25 Great Grandchildren.    The United Church holds a very special place in all of our hearts and has been a part of our family's lives for many....many years

Thank you again!

Sincerely, Sheree Mercer-Lacasse

Editor: See the article:

Feature Mother's Day a celebration for four generations Read More

May 9, 2010


Letters HST chart presented by reader

May 9, 2010

Wow ! Heck of a letter Mrs. Thede [I'll bet the "old man" doesn't win too many arguments with you] I admire your stand

One of the problems with noxious weeds is the common name. Often different within 50 miles.ie:-giant hemlock/water hemlock/cowbane/poison parsnip to name a few. I have a few books on weeds and they're different names in each.

Mike Cowborough's book on noxious weeds ontario [google it under noxious] does not mention Giant Hogweed or Water hemlock.. Even calls them by different names to Wiki.

It is no wonder I'm confused . Butterflies also love many of them which will kill us mammals, strange world we live in ain't it ?


Editor:  See letter of May 8, 2010 below


May 9, 2010


Letter from the Grey-Bruce Labour Council Read More

May 8, 2010


Letters Resident calls for weed spraying

May 7, 2010

Rapid Followup!

Hi Saugeen Times,

I followed up on concerns from someone from the Pine View apartments on Arlington Street and spoke with Susan Earle from Bruce County Housing. She said the trees there are in no danger of being cut down.

However, there is going to be a new landscaping plan implemented and new balconies installed, and the residents have concerns about the process and the projects, particularly about losing their vegetable gardens outside their doors.

Victoria Serda

Town Council

May 6, 2010

 Dear Editor,

A recent discussion with two residents at a Bruce County Housing Authority building informed me of imminent plans to cut down three large healthy maple trees at nearby 647 Arlington street.

I am of the opinion that Ben Lobb, Carol Mitchell and the taxpayers who fund the housing need to be made aware of such an anti-environmental decision and possibly stop such foolishness.

Bill Forsyth

May 6, 2010


Pictured from left to right are: Art Eby, Membership Chair,new member, Barry McKenzie, Ann  Iles., Rotary District 6330 Assistant Governor, Jenny Amy, Secretary and Bruce Waetcher, President of Southampton Rotary.

Winners of the draw last night at Rotary.
Brenda Ernst and John Forsyth.

May 5, 2010

Quoted by one Council Member said other Members wanted him to run again. "The Old Boys' Club" eh????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Where are the young ones, and Diane..PLEASE RETURN, you do a great job!  Keep going Luke!

Chris Gable.

May 5, 2010

 I watched in dismay as the Liberal Premier of Ontario stood before the cameras yesterday and admitted that he doesn't want the HST but has to have it for businesses. He realized that it will be a horrendous burden on the People of Ontario, and that he knows it could be political suicide as he correctly stated that the next election will tell the story. So in short it is acceptable to harm all the constituents in your Province and Riding even though you know you are harming them, and to also risk your political career. How ludicrous ! Add this nonsense to the string of broken promises and bad decisions that have severely impacted every Ontario citizen.

Mooky Blue

May 4, 2010

I like the idea of voting electronically. It will improve the turnout. Please use this method. Thanks

May 4

Running for council again

One council member said we have a group who understand each other and can work together. Yes I agree, it's called a clique.

These are the folks who brought us the Saugeen Shores version of the
worst parts of Mississauga and Scarborough. Boxes for buildings and
pave everything in sight.

Bah! humbug. get them out of there. Get some new young faces on council with modern ideas. Break up the clique and the destruction of one of the
most beautiful places in Ontario.


May 2


 Letters/Health & Fitness Pharmacy funding cuts are
a costly proposal

May 2, 2010

Maybe a little late Steven. No I'm not a nutter, but a year ago in  february staying at a sister's place in Tasmania I sat on the deck and watched the sky over Launceston.

I thought someone was making a science fiction movie because of the lights in the sky. Not a search light to attract people to a car lot. A brilliant mass of flickering light
enveloping the whole town.I yawned and went to bed.  The next day I explained to a very straight friend what I'd seen. He is more of a cynic than I am. The day after the newspaper headline was Aliens over Launceston. With people there reporting what they'd seen. I am not a nutter as I said. I am still a cynic. Let's hear what the great man has
to say


Editor... see article below


Science Hawking to speak about aliens Read More

May 2, 2010


 Letter/Health Friends of the Kincardine Hospital dispute being labelled a "no-show" at hospital board meeting  Read More

May 2, 2010

Two winners for last week's draw on April 28:
Brenda Ernst and Ray McLay.

April 30, 2010

Personal water craft sometimes know as Sea-Doo(s) are out and about on the
Saugeen River again. The silly season is here. One went up then down the river this morning at maybe 50 mph. A canoe came up on the north side of the river and the guy didn't even slow down. Luckily they did not collide and there was no upset.

It will happen eventually - be it a kid swimming, a kayaker, a canoe, who knows. It's a matter of time.

The OPP are the authority on the river, not Saugeen Shores police.

Any suggestions out there to stop it and make them behave in a responsible manner, short of banning them from the river ? I would love to hear them.


April 29, 2010


 Letter/Heritage Heritage Tourism  Read More

April 26, 2010

It isn't too often we make a mistake on names but, it appears that when we do, we do it royally.

In a recent article regarding Town of Saugeen Shores staff participating in the 'Clean Sweep' week, we referred to the Town's Chief Administration Officer (CAO) as Larry Miller when, in fact, he is Lawrence (Larry) Allison.

Anyone, in the entire region, who knows MP Larry Miller and CAO Larry Allison would find it hard to believe that the two could possibly be confused!

Our apologies ....

Sandy Lindsay,



Town Council Town Staff makes a clean sweep during Earth Week  Read More

April 26, 2010

Wasaga residents have been given a 14.8 % cut in hydro rates.  We make the stuff here and Saugeen Shores and area get What ?  Did I hear "diddly" I think so. Why ?



Letters April 26, 2010 MPP speaks to concerns over generic drug changes Read More

April 23, 2010

 Letters What went wrong with energy in Ontario by Keith Stelling Read More

April 22, 2010

The Town Staff pulled up in front of my house and repaired damage done over the winter to the lawn.   They  planted grass and added top soil. What a great place to live. Thanks!

Southampton resident

April 21, 2010

I read, with interest, the report from Huron-Kinloss Township that the tax levy in the township would increase by 5.1%. The average residential assessment is $218,362. and that the tax bill for this average would be $1,029.76. This is for a year round resident, who may, or may not, have someone in school, has road care, including snow removal, etc.

This is quite a comparison to the seasonal shoreline resident who only requires a small percentage of the year round services, many on their own roads, and, obviously does not need school support but still has an assessment of over double the residential rate and, in many cases, pays over $6.000. annually in property taxes. This does not appear to be an even balance of the tax bill for part time residents as compared to those that enjoy the benefits of year round support from Huron-Kinloss Township. At last check, the shoreline covers the larger percentage of the Huron-Kinloss taxes but many only reside in the township for less than half the year.

Ross Klopp

Editor see:

 Huron-Kinloss Council Township approves budget, unanimously  Read More

April 21, 2010

Elana La Blance and Ron Luciano are this week's draw winners


April 20, 2010

Good morning pet lovers,

Could someone please tell me who to contact regarding the pet adoptions, specifically kittens.

Thanks, Michelle

Editor:  Contact Southampton Pet Hospital 519-797-2960

Pet Page Pets to be adopted Read More

April 20, 2010

Stranded in Europe

Wellllll--what a time we had to get to England! After our plane was cancelled in Genoa, Italy.  We had a 40 hour adventure getting to London.  It's a great story but we sure were exhausted.

Southamptonites in Europe

April 20, 2010

Pharmacy fight....
Mr. Murdoch. You are playing politics again.

Please, at least, make a suggestion as how to solve the problem of the
corner drug store VS the biggies. Not come to my office and sign my rant. There is a way to save "Mom and Pops corner pharmacy." Think about it please and let us know. If you can't, I can.

Editor:  See

Health & Fitness Rural patients on the hook in fight with pharmacists Read More

April 18, 2010

Fighting for more docs in rural areas? Nonsense it is control.  I vote with my brain not my party affiliation.  The Medical profession is the best union in Canada. They control who, when, and how many Docs we have in the Canadian "system" 

In Southampton they have a clinic and don't need to hang out the shingle.  They are not Einsteins they are are people with control.


April 16, 2010

 Police 9 % hike over 3 years.
 I know who I would want negotiating for me, The police guys.  A clear win.


Editor:   See

Police/Town Council Police receive a raise Read More

April 15, 2010

In reference to the so called "Spring Clean Up day" on June 5th. What happens to the people that will not be in town on that day ? Unfortunately they will miss out. In the past when these clean up days were held, it was total pandemonium at the landfills sites. long line ups and of course the sites are only open for a half of day.

Why doesn't council issue each householder a free pass day at the householders choosing to get rid of their collected spring items. This way people could go at a day when it is convenient to them. This would save all the lineups and having the town employees in on overtime (at taxpayers expense).

I suggested this via e-mail awhile back to the town works manager, town clerk and the mayor but had no response from any of them. I guess us taxpayers just don't rate.
Ken King

April 15 2010

Rotary Draw winners Mary Trelford of Tara and Ron Luciano of Toronto.
Andrea La Blance

April 13, 2010

To Anne O.
Thx. I watched it all [I'm retired of course and it is long] A disgusting set of of politics and money

And very scary.
Monsanto is BAD, very bad. One thing is executives cannot be prosecuted. Just the company.  Not right.
Breast cancer has nothing to do with second hand smoke at all.


April 12, 2010

If you really want to get to know Monsanto go to Millions against Monsanto this company is the stuff science fiction is made of.

Anne O.

 Editor see

 Feature Local Farmers concerned. Seed being controlled by giant, Monsanto Read More

April 13, 2010

 I agree with Ken Texmo that the garbage pick up in Kincardine should be left alone. What about elderly people, are they now expected to drag their garbage across a slippery street? Or Kids whose job it is to put out the garbage for allowance are now forced to cross the road? I don't think so.

As for the garbage tax, I put a letter in the  news a couple of months ago before this came into effect. Perhaps more letters like mine and Ken's would make them think twice. But , we all just took it and now they are going to push even harder. Kincardine needs to say enough on the cuts, use some of the reserve money, and stop with projects that most people in town are not interested in!  Perry Johns

Editor:  See letter below and you're always welcome to send us your comments.  We have the most in depth and widest circulation in the area.

April 12, 2010

 Letters Resident objects to garbage pickup policy Read More

April 11, 2010

DDT and Agent Orange were all Monsanto products.

They have bought companies to "take the blame" for their own liabilities to avoid responsibilities and loss of profit. They are a giant world wide corporation. And a monster.

The Canadian Supreme Court upheld their claim that farmers were profiting from their "patents" on seed. See Monsanto.


Editor:  See

 Feature Local Farmers concerned. Seed being controlled by giant, Monsanto Read More

April 10, 2010


New Weatherman needed! Read More

April 10, 2010

The letter below refers to the following article:

Feature  New hairstylist at Malcolm Place Read More

Wow, Laura I am so happy for you. You'll be great as an entrepreneur!
 Congratulations Ross family

the Corfields


Editor: The following two letters refer to the article below:

Feature Boating tragedy averted! 

April 8, 2009

So these people were put in extreme danger because a group of youths
with no common sense went out in a small boat when high winds were
 forecast and landed on Chantry Island (a restricted area). I hope the
youths are served with summons to pay for the efforts of all police,
ambulance and Search & Rescue helicopter from Detroit.

 Moyra Obermeyer,

April 8, 2010

Since they have 5 persons who were not authorized to be on Chantry Island, will there be charges against them? If not, people will continue to go onto the island-and at this time of year, migration is at a peak. A law has been violated.

Furthermore, will these 5 men (because they are all over 18 years of age) be paying for the financial costs of their rescue?

Anne Holman

April 8, 2010

This weeks' winners are:
Walter Mackowski and Elana La Blance both of Southampton.
Andrea LaBlance


April 5, 2010

Bala, Wow !brings back memories.
 I camped at Bala Lake in Wales as a boy scout in the '50s. Raw milk in the porridge, yummy. starving an hour later. Caught trout in the river Dee to eat.
I was at our Bala in the '60s. Ma's place and the Bala Bay lodge. The fire escape in each room was a knotted rope, no kidding.  Dunn's Pavillion was the place to go to see the big names.

 It's sad to hear that developers are changing everything same as here.
Thx for the memories. Yaki Dar.[my few welsh words I learned there]
means good night.


Editor see below:


Feature Two communities with much in common


April 5, 2010


Letters Dr. Roth former site chief at the Kincardine Hospital is disappointed in board's actions Read More

April 4, 2010

Resucue draws thanks


Feature Boating tragedy averted! 

Thank you Lord! 

John Church

Excellent work by the rescue team. I hope these young gentlemen realize just how lucky they were. The water temp is just around the 40 degree F ( old guy ). I don't know how Ryan Sermon managed to swim to shore from there. Most of us on a good day in the summer would have trouble doing that.

Thank God this ended on a happy note. We all need to be thankful for the men & women who put themselves in harms way saving and keeping us safe.

Brian King

April 1, 2010




Editor: See below.


Feature Boating tragedy averted! 


MÉTIS /Letters Letter to the editor Read More

March 31, 2010


Letters/Health & Fitness Hospital Foundation achieves goals
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March 30, 2010


Letters/Education Bluewater School District draws irate letters Read More

March 27, 2010


Letters Article stirs responses that are interesting Read More

March 27, 2010

Isn't it interesting that this Union biased article should come from the town where the CAW has it's headquarters. I've been involved with INCO Nickel for over 30 years as a user and seller for Metallurgical uses.

Several strikes in Sudbury over the years created global shortages which drove the prices from $ 4.00 / lb to over $ 30.00 / lb. in USD and no one in those Unions turned down the bonuses they negotiated based on the price.

C.V.R.D. in Brazil will not cave in like our weak kneed Auto Industry and these strikers had better face reality. Their wages and benefits are already superior to 75 % of other hard working Canadians.

Put those wages and jobs up for hire and they will not last long. These workers have put their families and the town through hell because they are like sheep following Union leaders who are still taking home a very lucrative package.
How many more jobs and industries will the Unions force out of Canada over blind principals? The world has changed - Adjust or Perish !!

Robert Greason

Editor:  Please see

Feature Strike is taking its toll Read More


March 24, 2010

This week's draw winners are: Don Warren of Southampton
Angela Hupalo of Port Elgin

Andrea LeBlance


March 24, 2010

 This is another 'Robbing' of Canada
Canada is getting robbed, left. right . and everywhere.

Decency is earned, not sold off to the the highest bidder. We are decent people with everyone worldwide. We may be silly at times,
[hockey] but we ain't stupid. Why do we allow this to happen ?\

 And as for the union lads and lasses. Keep it going kids. I don't care who is coming after me. Pete



Feature Strike is taking its toll Read More

March 22, 2010


Letters Thanks to the Kincardine Bulldogs  Read More

March 19, 2010

Andrea LeBlance


March 19, 2010


Letters Important meeting about the Kincardine hospital

March 16, 2010

North End Sewer Expansion Project:
If the project as currently defined by the council and Engineering is $2.5 million over budget, and this over-run would be entirely absorbed by the tax base in Saugeen Shores, then I trust that the project will be refined so that it meets the original funding proposals.
Adding extras at the last minute, or not being able to work within the original guidelines, is unacceptable. An inability to say 'no' to a project which has seen no money, has put no shovel into the ground, and yet is now thought to add a substantial amount to the town's liability, is incompetent. Actually, it's more than incompetent...

P. Sanagan


March 15, 2010


Letters Well, it's their job! Read More

March 15, 2010

On March 20, 2010 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, members of the South Bruce OPP Auxiliary program will be at the Walkerton grocery stores collecting for the food bank. With Easter just over 2 ½ weeks away, we need to work together to make sure everybody has food for the holiday weekend.
Please give generously and help us fill a cruiser to support your local food bank. Your donations will be appreciated and definitely put to good use.

March 12, 2010


 Letters Women's Day a big success  Read More

March 11, 2010

It stinks!

It's that time of year once again...and once again I write with disappointment. The amount of unclaimed dog waste on our streets is disheartening. The scene is especially discouraging on the downtown side streets. There are areas where repeat offenders frequent (e.g., the east side of the Walker House, corner of Gordon Street and Huron Terrace, the list goes on). I myself am not the type to engage in shaming but I am wondering if during our next KinDOG poop patrol, we should resort to charivari. Please pick up after your pooch. E-mail kincardinedog@gmail.com  if you would like to become involved in the KinDOG poop patrol or would like to let us know of a particularly disheartening area.

Jacqueline Faubert
Kincardine Dog Owner's Group (KinDOG

March 11, 2010


Letters A "Big" thank you from Big Brothers and Big Sisters  Read More

Rotary had another draw last night.
The two winners are:
Alex Thornburn of Southampton and Brenda Zamojc of Burlington.
Andrea LeBlance

March 11, 2010

Many 'thanks' to our friend Liz for her superb coverage of our recent Bowl For Kids' Sake event. The article was informative and the photos were wonderful. I have sent the link to all of my agency contacts.

Good work Liz and as always thank you for your support of BBBS.

In Friendship,

Cynthia Finlay

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kincardine & District
T: 519-396-3565
F: 519-396-5465
910 Queen Street, Unit E
Kincardine, ON N2Z 2Y2



Feature Bowl for Kids raises $30,000 Read More

March 10, 2010


Letters Bag tag goal reached and then moved ...  Read More

March 8, 2010

Thank you Liz for your great, and complete coverage of the meeting on Saturday. I am pleased ( and flattered by the inclusion of my presentation.) However, I did give the wrong date to Natalie (probably I misunderstood the question)

The Ontario Hospital Services Commission was created in 1958 or 9 and was taken out of business in 1971 or 2.  In its place the MINISTRY was formed to ostensibly provide some POLITICAL input to the services etc. 

I remember that on the day following the establishment of the Ministry, I placed a call to Murray Gaunt Lib. MPP. - introducing myself and advising him that he would be hearing from me (about the Hospital and its services regularly). He, and I believe Murray Elston were very supportive.

Ian L Mitchell
Kincardine, ON

March 7, 2010


Letters Reader comments on Council Deputaton Read More

March 6, 2010

Great move by "Presidente"  Harper and his  Mike  Harris("common sense revolution")cronies.

Throw in the anthem change to keep us distracted from the real issues.

Get everyone flapping about. Then withdraw the proposal because "we are listening to the people."

You can fool some of the people some of the time, etc.

Its going to be a bumpy spring.

Art Grady, Southampton, Ontario

March 3, 2010

Council is not facing reality. With the new Harmonized Sales Taxes in Ontario coupled with our own elevated Building Permit Fees, no wonder growth is down.
Without any major Industrial Base besides Bruce Power, this area needs to focus short-term on it's reputation for retirement and vacations.

Longer term, where are the jobs to keep our young talent in the area ? Without youth and jobs, growth is elusive.

Robert Greason

Editor: Building permits are up.  See the article below.


Town Council Building permits increase Read More

March 3, 2010

Re the new Minster of Agriculture, Carol Mitchell. Oh my goodness, said a
farmer, [or something like that.] After babbling about bikes and stuff
to get the oldies from A to B, she's been promoted.

So get over the housing for women and kids [ I agree with it entirely ] and get back to what you won't have a clue about.

Before any one knocks me for being a chauvinist pig, I appointed the first female sales rep in a crown corporation in Canada. I was told to fire her. After a dozen calls she advised me she didn't have a license to drive and the 'old man' was driving her around. I didn't fire her. Get your license quick I sez. She did. She'd earned it. The job, won it. A great, smart woman.



Letters  Olympic luge accident reply  Read More

Letters  Farmers Diner good for Ripley Read More

March 2, 2010

Goodbye to a lovely human being. Good bye. 2 weeks ago she was 'roaring' down the corridors handing out treats she'd made for all the other residents. One heck of a woman. Goodbye


Editor: Pete is referring to Isobel Howke

Obituaries Isobel Howke dies Read More

March 1, 2010

I have really enjoyed Mary Jane Salter's articles on the Olympics.  I watched as much as I could on CTV but these articles made it more up close and personal. Thanks for sharing.....Frances Maurer

March 1, 2010

Good to see an excellent section on a Saint's Day!
Looking forward to
St Patrick (March 17)
and St George ( April 23)
and not forgetting
St Anfrew's (November 30!

Chris Gable.

February 28, 2010


Letters/Education Kincardine needs a new high school  Read More

February 27, 2010

What silly nonsense is this ?
A $37,250 grant to find out if walking, riding a bike, and car pooling
will suffice as a transportation system.. Save the $ it won't.

scenario:- Here granny, if you don't feel like walking 5 miles, take the
 bike. It's got snow tires on it.


Editor:  See


Feature Huron County studying public transit

Also see:

Town Council Transportation Survey Results via the Saugeen Times  

February 26, 2010

Perhaps you could include information on how the "summer residents" who do not reside there in winter could buy tickets on the other boats?

This is a great feature about Pat Thorne's talents in boat building.

Anne Holman


The last line of the story you read has the information you need, if you are out of town.  Please see:


Heritage Another Bluenose sets sail    

February 25, 2010

The two winners for the Rotary Weekly Draw are:  Sheila Thompson of Paisley and Elliott Rutherford of Southampton.
Andrea La Blance

February 25, 2010

Just heard on the local radio station that there are HST Seminars being presented in our area at different locations. Obviously the Federal and Ontario Governments are pressing ahead with this crippling tax even though thousands of petitions from Ontario taxpayers, and howls of outrage from opposition members, have been presented to them from all constituents. This will be devastating to lower income families, pensioners, and even most middle income families as they realize the burden this will become as it is applied to all ESSENTIAL items. The estimate the other day in the media was a minimum of $225.00 per annum for heat and hydro alone. God forbid if you have to buy gasoline with yet another TAX levied upon it.

I guess we will all know what the Middle Age feudal serfs felt like as the Kings, Earls, and Barons, all hammered them mercilessly for more taxes. Or will the point be reached in the not too distant future
where the citizens of Ontario feel it is time for a Boston Tea party ? The whole issue smacks of normal democracy being tossed into the bay !

The Merry Mookster

February 22, 2010

Here is an example of two extended care facilities in Kelowna BC, who are abandoning the Retherm meal system and reverting back to Home Cooked Meals.

Ken.  Click here for Kelowna

Editor:  for background see


Health & Fitness Impact of dietary cuts at the hospital in Kincardine

February 22, 2010

Can we afford a new pool?

Not if the price tag is the $19 million that has been kicked around.

If we have that kind of money to spare then I would like to suggest we invest it into a golf course. For $19 million we could build one heck of a course and, if we subsidized it’s operation by the amount we are going to have to subsidize that pool, we could offer green fees for about $5 per game or annual memberships for about $75. At those prices we would have tournament bookings from everywhere within a 500 miles. Can you imagine, how many hotel rooms they would fill, or the number of restaurant meals they would consume, or the money they would leave in our shops? Can you imagine the jobs that would create and the impact that would have on our local economy?

Now compare that to the benefits a new pool will bring to our town and tell me that a pool is a good investment. If you still think it is, then let’s encourage private enterprise to build it and those wanting to use it can pay a fair value fee as we do now when we want to play golf.

There are lots of better ways to spend our tax dollars!

Editor's Note: We have reported $10,000,000 estimates not $19,000,000.  Please see the following article


Town Council Considers Pool Options

February 22, 2010

Thank you for the coverage of this project. (sewer issue). I live in Toledo, Ohio and you make it very easy to stay informed!

Gordon MacRitchie
Toledo, Ohio

February 19, 2010

The two winners of the Rotary draw are:

Rick Beaty and Rob Shewfelt, both of Southampton.

Andrea LaBlance

February 18, 2010

Thank you for your article re: water awareness. I couldn't agree more. My personal experience of having my two daughters getting E.coli made a direct hit. I have always suspected the contamination being from the lake water, and now recent scientific testing is proving my suspicions   ( google E.coli in Great Lakes). What concerned me was the attitude I received from the Public Water Works based out of Owen Sound. I never felt my concerns were heard or taken seriously - even after stating that 12 other children swimming in the same area had shown similar symptoms. Thankfully there is a local committee attempting to develop a plan for the Port Elgin Beach. Included in this plan are measures to stop the growth of E.coli on the beach. I do feel this is only the beginning of a huge problem facing the Great Lakes. Increased awareness is the key. Thank you again.

John Reeves
Kitchener, Ontario

P.S. - If you go back to "Letters" to September 1, 2009 you will see my letter to the editor detailing the actual events of our E.coli adventure.

Editor See:

Editorial Source Water Protection is vital


February 17, 2010


 Letters/Health Hospital Foundation thank you letter 

February 16, 2010


Letter from the Friends of Kincardine Hospital

February 15, 2010

Article The sewer pipe... [First off. Stu Paterson is right. Better and

 I am more cynic than psychic so I would like to know who gets the contract for putting in the pipe before permission has been given by the MOE? Ministry Of Environment.] What hasn't been decided ? Who is kidding whom. Done and dusted.
More Important to me....Who pays ? and also when does it start ?
Rebel Without a Pause. Pete

Editor:  Please see the articles  below. 


Town Council Details of the Ministry of the Environment Approval of the Sewer Project north of the Saugeen River  

Town Council Sewer Expansion Project on the final leg

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