May 2009

Does Kincardine need a new arts centre?

36% (27 votes)
64% (49 votes)
Total votes: 76

Looking back

From the May 23, 1979 edition of The Kincardine Independent

*A local police officer, who had been suspended with pay for three months, resigned from the Kincardine Police force. The former sergeant had been charged with a number of violations of the Ontario Police Act. Mayor John Askin, a member of the Kincardine Police Commission, said the commission decided to drop the charges after the accused resigned and stated he would be finding a new field of work. Askin said little about the nature of the charges except that they concerned neglect of duty.

*A London man ended up in Lake Huron after missing a turn along Concession 9-10 in Huron Township. The car, a 1978 Chevette, bounced off several trees before landing in the lake. The man was not injured, but more than $1,300 worth of damage was done to the car.

Cubs beat Mitchell

At home Sunday afternoon

The Kincardine Cubs improved to 2-1 with an 11-5 win on the road Sunday afternoon.

Greg Stepaniak slides safely into second base Sunday afternoon in Mitchell. Stepaniak and the Cubs improved to 2-1 with an 11-5 win over Mitchell. (Katy Stewart photo)

The win puts the Cubs in a first-place tie with the London Area Dodgers in the Thames Valley Baseball League standings.

Jonny Campbell started on the mound for the Cubs, whose bats were working on this day. Greg Stepaniak pitched in relief to earn his first save of the season.

Barbarians win big

Open season with 53-0 loss

The Bruce County Barbarians couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Niagara Rugby Union season.

The Barbs pummeled the Fergus Highlanders 53-0 in the season’s first game Saturday afternoon in Port Elgin.

“It is a great boost to everybody…and we’ll enjoy this victory,” said Bruce County head coach Martin O’Connor. “(But) we are going to keep our feet firmly on the ground. It’s only one game of a long season and we have a long way to go.”

Home Hardware shuts out Hanover

The Kincardine Home Hardware under-12 girls soccer team kicked off the season on a high note Thursday.

Kincardine controlled Thursday night’s game from the get-go, earning a 6-0 win.

Mikayla Fisher controls the ball before clearing on opening night of the under-12 soccer season Thursday at the Davidson Centre. Fisher and her Home Hardware teammates had little problems with the visiting Hanover team, winning by a 6-0 margin. (Josh Howald photo)

Though not tested often in the first half, keeper Kasey Brindley later made several key saves to earn the shutout for Kincardine.

Where is the vision?

When I look back over 37 years in the newspaper business in this community, I can think of only one project for which Kincardine showed real vision.

That was the building of the Davidson Centre, a project of Kincardine town and township in the early 1970s.

When it was built, with a great of deal community effort, the multi-use recreation centre was way ahead of its time. Visiting hockey teams were impressed that you could take a swim in Kincardine in the winter.

Now we seem to be followers.

The Davidson Centre has grown tired and there likely should be plans to replace it. Instead, we’re adding to it piecemeal. It serves the community well, but Goderich is now the town in this area with the state-of-the-art recreation centre.

May 27, 2009


Albert Victor Ball, of Tiverton Park Manor and formerly of Kincardine passed away at the SBGHC Kincardine, on Monday, May 18, 2009.

The son of the late Ernest and Elsie Ball, Bert was born in Breslau, Ontario, on June 22, 1923.

Struttin' his stuff

OPP Constable Kevin Martin struts with his guitar at the KDSS Spring Arts Show. Martin got into the act, playing guitar for Mike Ferguson's rendition of Hot Blooded. The students put on performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (Josh Howald photo)

Council using Freedom of Information act to get hospital budget

Friends of the Kincardine Hospital (FOtKH) has turned to Kincardine council in an attempt to get budget information from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board.

 FOtKH chairperson Gregg McLelland updated council May 20 on the actions of the group in its very public attempt to wrestle control of the Kincardine Hospital away from its current board.

Since the December public meeting that drew a large crowd of mostly seniors, FOtKH has met with representatives of the South West LHIN, local government and the Ministry of Health. The group has also participated in protests and a rally at Queen’s Park.

Car bursts into flames

A car on Durham Street is engulfed in flames Friday afternoon following an accident adjacent to Kincardine District Secondary School.  (Eric Howald photo)

A lunchtime accident caused some chaos at the high school Friday.

A Mazda car caught fire after a collision at Durham Street and River Lane, just outside the front doors of the Kincardine District Secondary School  at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.