July 2009

Closed for holidays

The Kincardine Independent office will close for staff holidays on Wednesday, July 29. There will be no August 5 edition.

We will re-open Thursday, August 6, and the next Independent will be published August. 12. The website will be updated at that time, if not sooner.

An acute case

Other than  people complaining about the weather, it has been a rather quiet week.


Someone apparently tried to drive through a brick wall at the Tim Hortons outlet on Highway 21, the odd tourist drove the wrong way on Harbour Street, and a few fish have been caught in the derby.


The beer kerfuffle, like all the other kerfuffles around here, was short lived.


Important issues such as the medical clinic, free card-playing for seniors at the Davidson Centre, spending $1 million on the old town hall, etc.are routinely forgotten.


Bruce Power - great neighbours!

We are writing this letter to express our sincere appreciation to Judi Chambers and all the Bruce Power volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty on Saturday, July 18 while staging the Bruce Power annual family day at Station Beach.

We celebrated the wedding of our daughter and son, Hannah Bond and Jamieson Campbell.  The outdoor wedding and celebration had been long planned at the Campbell’s house which coincidently abutted to the Bruce Power festivities.

Understandably Huron Terrace was closed to traffic, but the wonderful security volunteers were well apprised of the event and allowed the wedding party and guests unfettered access such that the wedding could proceed unencumbered.

What rain?

Although Kincardine recieved a lot of rain Saturday, it didnt stop people from showing up Saturday evening for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parade. The weather man co-operated for the parade as Blinky and hundreds of fans march behind the band as it makes its way back to Victoria Park. (Eric Howald photo)

Bruce Power kills plans for Bruce C

By Kristen Shane


Bruce Power has scrapped plans to build Bruce C. Instead of adding up to four new nuclear reactors to its Bruce site, it will focus on refurbishing its existing Bruce A and B generating stations, the company announced last week.


It told national nuclear regulatory agencies that it was withdrawing its site license applications and shelving its environmental assessments for the Bruce build and its other proposed new nuclear site in Nanticoke, on the north shore of Lake Erie.

Cold summer weather puts a chill on business, farming

By Kristen Shane


Grey clouds loom over Kincardine’s downtown. At 18 degrees, the late July weather feels like a nice day in September. Of the few people striding the sidewalks, some wear windbreakers and long-sleeved shirts.


Inside Stedmans V&S, Gary Lambert gestures to five stacks of plastic sand shovels and pails in his storage room. Any other year at this time, “Most of this would have been gone,” he says.


But this year is different. In Wiarton, one of the closest Environment Canada weather stations to Kincardine, the average mean temperature in July was only 16 degrees, two and a half degrees below normal, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Peter Kimbell.

Mitchell man leads derby

Harry VanMoorsel of Mitchell was on top of the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby leader board as of Monday morning.

VanMoorsel brought in a 16.58 lb salmon to the Kincardine weight station just before noon on Sunday. Peter Koenig of Port Elgin sits in second place after catching a 14.64 lb salmon Saturday morning.

J. Trepanier of Kincardine had the fifth place fish, while Martin Miller was holding down the 10th place spot. Ken McClement was the other local angler on the board in 17th place.

Jack Wood of Drayton was leading the trout competition after bringing in a 10.72 lb lake trout Sunday evening. Kincardine’s Wayne Vance sat in second place with a 9.94 lb catch Saturday.

Nice get!

Justin Maccabe, 7, was working on his stroke Wednesday afternoon at the tennis courts in Kincardine. Maccabe, from London, was visiting relatives in town for the week. (Josh Howald photo)

EMSAC teaching skills

46 local soccer players work on skills

By Josh Howald

Jon Hasson loves soccer.

For the fourth consecutive year, the former Western Mustangs player spent a week teaching Kincardine’s young soccer players the finer points of the game.

Hasson is an instructor with the Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association Camps, or EMSAC, based out of London. He grew up playing minor soccer in London before he played for UWO in the CIS. Now, he is a teacher and runs the soccer program at St. Thomas Aquinas high school in London. He still plays club soccer in London.

“I used to work for EMSAC as a junior instructor,” he said Wednesday between drills. “I guess I’ve just worked my way up.”

July 29, 2009


Evelyn Viola Gowanlock (née Miller) passed away at Pinecrest Manor in Lucknow on Friday, July 17, 2009, in her 93rd year.

Beloved wife of the late R. Maurice Gowanlock (1966).