The Great Lake

Lake Huron is covered with ice as far as the eye could see Sunday at Station Beach in Kincardine. According to Environment Canada Great Lakes Environmental Research, the lake was nearly 95 per cent covered in ice. By mid-week, the coverage should break the previous record for ice coverage (94.7 per cent) set in 1979. Last winter came close, when 92.2 per cent of the lake was frozen over. (Josh Howald photo)

KDSS collecting warm clothing

In response to the extreme cold weather warnings in the area this winter, KDSS has organized a Cold Weather Clothing Drive on now until next Friday, March 13.

Items being collected include jackets, boots, hats, mittens and scarves as well as jeans, sweatshirts, leggings, hoodies in both adult and children’s sizes. Items collected will be donated to individuals in need within the school and any remaning items will be distributed within the Bluewater District School Board.

If you would like to donate items, just drop them off at the KDSS guidance office during the school day. The program is being co-ordinated by staff members Michelle McIver, Dawn MacKay and Nancy Rix.

Former prime minister Paul Martin in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


The next federal election should focus primarily on bettering the economy, according to Canada’s last Liberal prime minister.



Former Prime Minister Paul Martin signs a poster for Jack Crozier last Wednesday at Tim Hortons in Kincardine. Federal Huron Liberal candidate Allan Thompson chats with supporters in the background. (Barb McKay photo)



School board embraces new sex-ed curriculum

By Barb McKay

The province’s new health and physical education curriculum has the blessing of Catholic school boards, including the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.


Director of education for the board, Catherine Montreuil, told The Independent Friday that directors across the province have reviewed the new plan, released Feb. 23, and are working collaboratively to develop the framework for educators to teach the curriculum in a way that is consistent with Catholic values.


‘Upcycling’ program encourages waste diversion in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

Kincardine residents have options beyond their blue boxes to keep household waste out of the landfill.


St. Anthony’s School teacher Amanda Saxton attended Kincardine council’s Feb. 18 meeting to talk about the school’s TerraCycle program, which has now expanded out into the greater community. St. Anthony’s Green Team collects packaging and other waste that is sponsored by the manufacturers of the products that are contained in them and sends it to TerraCycle, which ‘upcycles’ the items into usable products like park benches, garden pavers and tote bags. For each item collected, TerraCycle pays the St. Anthony’s Green Team one cent.


OMHA triple-header Friday

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs may be out, but that doesn't mean the end of Friday night hockey at the Davidson Centre.

A triple header of OMHA semi-final action will kick off this Friday in Kincardine at 7 p.m.

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atoms will be up first, and have a chance to complete a three-game sweep of Parry Sound and advance to the OMHA All-Ontario finals. The Kinucks won Games 1 and 2 of the atom B semi-finals on the weekend in Parry Sound.

The Kincardine Timber Mart bantams will then try to stave off elimination in an 8 p.m. game against the Highland Storm. Kincardine trails the Storm 2-0 in the bantam B semi-final series after two narrow losses on the road over the weekend.

Frozen pipes?

Any Kincardine residents who have frozen pipes are being offered bottled water by the municipality.

Simply go to the Kincardine Fire Station at 127 Mahood Johnston Drive weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up vouchers for cases of bottled water from Sobeys or No Frills in Kincardine. At this time, the municipality is supplying up to seven cases of bottled water per household.

Also, any residents left without water may use the shower facilities at the Davidson Centre, if required.

Wingham wins Game 6, series

Edge out Bulldogs in Kincardine

The Western Junior C League final will feature the Walkerton Hawks and the Wingham Ironmen.

Kincardine defenceman Michael Osadca made a great play to strip Jeremy Ross of a breakaway here, but in the end, the Wingham Ironmen defeated Kincardine 3-2 tonight in Game 6 to earn a spot in the Western Junior C League final against Walkerton. (Josh Howald photo)


The Ironmen punched their ticket to the league final earlier tonight with a narrow 3-2 win over the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs in Game 6 at the Davidson Centre.

Holdyn Lansink took a centring pass from Kiefer McInnes and fired a wrister off the crossbar with 6:51 to play in tonight's game. The goal snapped a 2-2 tie in an entertaining battle betwween Wingham and Kincardine tonight, and held up as the game winner.

Winter wonderland

It may have been bitterly cold last week, but at least the sun was shining at times, giving us moments like this on Thursday in Geddes Park in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)