Bright future

Kincardine District Secondary School's class of 2015 celebrated graduation and is looking ahead to bigger and brighter things. Saturday night, about 100 students, dressed in their finest, attended a celebration dinner and dace at the Kincardine Beach Pavilion. Here, a few of the guests take in a Lake Huron sunset. (Josh Howald photo)


Arts Centre not option for Visitor Centre

 By Barb McKay

 

A permanent visitor information centre will not be housed in the Kincardine Centre for the Arts.

 

Kincardine council decided during its meeting last Wednesday that it would not include a tourism office in the design plans for the Arts Centre renovations. The decision came after a fairly in-depth debate about how to handle visitor information services in the municipality. Council had been asked to make a decision about whether the visitor information should be located in the Arts Centre in order to allow engineers from NA Engineering to complete designs for interior work in the building.

 


Next phase begins for South Bruce gas

Natural gas partner by end of summer?

Three municipal councils received the results of their confidential Request for Information process designed to solicit interest and identify potential partners to implement the proposed new natural gas distribution utility for South Bruce on May 19.

Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie representatives said they each intend to host information meetings in order to give the public a chance to understand the approach they intend to pursue and the next steps in making natural gas service a reality in these communities.

Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie said the process was successful, and that she anticipated being in a position to choose a preferred partner by the end of the summer.

"It has produced multiple, high quality responses from a very impressive range of potential partners," she said in a press release issued on Wednesday.


That's a wrap

Movie wraps up local filming

By Josh Howald

It's amazing what you can accomplish in just 18 days. Filming a motion picture, for example.

 

Elysia White in a scene from Red Spring, filmed last week in Stacey Millar's basement, made up to look like a bomb shelter. The cameras were filming from a different angle than from which this photo was snapped, meaning the ceiling and pipes won't be visible post-production. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The cast and crew of Red Spring wrapped up filming on Thursday.

Wednesday during a break for lunch, Jeff Sinasac and Kincardine native Tonya Dodds took a time-out from shooting scenes to talk a little bit about the movie Red Spring and what made filming in Kincardine so special, and efficient.


Independent wins at OCNA gala

We're the best.

The Kincardine Independent won first place for General Excellence in the 2014 Better Newspaper Competition Friday night at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) gala held Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto.

Josh Howald with the Independent's two OCNA awards Friday night.

 


Bus strike averted

By Josh Howald

Local students were picked up, as per usual, on Monday morning at their respective bus stops.

A strike  for school bus drivers in Kincardine and Port Elgin was narrowly averted last Wednesday evening.

A contract between Unifor (the union representing the school bus drivers) and First Student Canada was ratified last Wednesday evening.

Bruce Power staff would have also been affected by a strike, as First Canada also shuttles staff between Kincardine and the Bruce Power site for shift changes.

The school bus drivers ratified the agreement by a 76 per cent margin just hours before a midnight strike deadline would have kicked in. The new contract is a three-year agreement that gives the drivers two pay raises of two percent, and another one for 1.5 percent, retroactive to last Sept. 1.


Wilton wins Fish Kincardine Derby

By Josh Howald

Craig Wilton can retire a derby champion.

Wilton's 22.72 - pound lake trout ruled the leader board all week long, and in the end, stood up as the winning fish in the 2015 Canadian Tire Fish Kincardine Derby. After he reeled in the laker last weekend, he told The Kincardine Independent he planned to retire from competitive fishing after this season.

Wilton is certainly no stranger to Lake Huron anglers. From Mt. Brydges, he also won the Fish Kincardine Derby in 2010. The same year, he had the biggest fish in Lake Huron's largest fishing derby, the Chantry Chinook Classic.


KDSS girls cruise to BAA championship

By Josh Howald

The local gals are Bluewater Athletic Association champs, and full of confidence heading into the CWOSSA A championship tournament today in Thornbury.

KDSS pours on the pressure in a quarter-final game in Kincardine two weeks ago. (Kincardine Independent file photo/Josh Howald)

 

As well they should be.

"This is a special team," said coach Kathie Hackney. "They have it in their heads that they are going to win - and they are going to win."

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls soccer team cruised through the BAA Final Four playoffs Friday in Meaford with convincing wins over the top two seeded teams from the BAA North Division on the way to a BAA title and berth at today's CWOSSA tournament.


Knights win BAA boys soccer title

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team knocked off the host Georgian Bay Secondary School Vikings Friday afternoon to win the Bluewater Athletic Association championship.

The Knights battle against SDSS in the quarter-finals in Kincardine two weeks ago. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)

 

With the win, the Knights qualify for the CWOSSA tournament, which is being held today in Meaford.