November 2009

Should the municipality be in competition with local businesses?

30% (14 votes)
70% (33 votes)
Total votes: 47

Knights knocked off

Girls win again by shutout

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team fell to 0-2 today after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Walkerton District Secondary School Raiders.

A shorthanded KDSS team fell behind early in the first, but tied the game when Dylan Sayle buried a Josh MacDonald rebound.

Walkerton then scored three times to take a 4-1 lead.

The Knights fought back in the third period. MacDonald scored from Alex MacDonald and Sayle to make it 4-2. Less than a minute later, Zac McIntosh went roof on a breakaway to pull KDSS within one. Sayle also assisted on McIntosh's tally.

But it wasn't enough, and the Raiders sealed the win with an empty net goal with nine seconds remaining.

Kincardine is in action again Thursday in Flesherton.

Meanwhile, the girls team routed Chesley District High School 7-0 at the Davidson Centre today.

I will miss you

You know the critical people you meet in your life? Well, I’m gonna miss Fred Kirby - he was a mentor to me…


In 2005, I was living a contradiction. I was an environmentalist working for a nuclear company and Fred was more than happy to point that out. He challenged me, asked me how much I needed materially and philosophized about priorities. He got through… I was off to Manitoba for a new life.


In my first summer back from Manitoba, again Fred challenged me… this time with a massive woodpile. I don’t know if any of you have been chastised by a man in his late seventies while stacking wood, but some familiar phrases were, “I could have done that in half the time as you when I was your age” or “If I was a younger man, you would be embarrassed”. Obi Wan Kenobi would have taken notes.

Nov. 25, 2009


Ross Barnewall, beloved husband of Doris Barnewall (Hames) of Blair’s Grove and formerly of Brampton, passed away at the Kincardine Hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in his 80th year. 


He was born on Dec. 6, 1929 in Osnabruck Centre, Ontario to the late Harold and Elsie (Dignan) Barnewall. 


High school hockey season opens

Girls win at home, boys lose on the road

The Bluewater Athletic Association hockey season opened last week, and the KDSS girls team impressed with a shut out win at home.

Kait McDonnell scored a pair of goals for Kincardine, who shut out the Bruce Peninsula Phoenix 4-0 at the Davidson Centre Thursday afternoon.

Marissa Jolley beat a BDPS defender down the wing last Thursday in the opening game of the BAA girls hockey season. KDSS won 4-0. (Katy Stewart photo)

Marissa Jolley and Cayly Bellan each scored once for Kincardine, the defending BAA champions.

The girls are in action again tomorrow (Thursday) at home against the Chesley District High School Cougars.

Meurs to play at Worlds

Named to Ontario under-17 team

By Josh Howald

Garrett Meurs will be ringing in 2010 in Timmins.

The Ripley teenager has been selected to play at the World Hockey Challenge under-17 tournament, which kicks off Dec. 29 in Timmins.

The Plymouth Whalers forward got the call last Tuesday night from Team Ontario Director of Operations Robert Kitamura. Kitamura also works with the OHL’s Central Scouting Bureau.

“I believe the coaching staff and I have selected the 22 best players that will represent Ontario with pride and class both on and off the ice at this high performance event,” said Kitamura in a release. “We are confident that this group of athletes are committed and prepared to compete for the Gold medal.”

CWOSSA title for volleyball team

At provincials this weekend

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior boys volleyball team is going to OFSAA.

The Knights qualified for the provincial volleyball championships after beating the host Norwell Redmen in the CWOSSA tournament championships Thursday afternoon in Palmerston.

KDSS beat the Redmen in the finals 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18.

Kincardine went 2-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament, beating OSCVI 25-23, 25-12 and Norwell 25-19, 25-22. Bishop MacDonnell beat Kincardine 25-15, 23-25, 25-12.

The OFSAA tournament will be held Friday and Saturday in Sarnia.

In the junior CWOSSA finals, the Redmen beat the OSCVI Falcons of Owen Sound 3-1.

A good legacy

Fred and Sylvia Kirby never had any children, but that didn’t mean they weren’t interested in young people.

I don’t really remember how Fred ended up being a columnist for The Independent. He likely brought in an article for Amnesty International or the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and we likely started talking. Fred liked nothing more than a good discussion.

His column, Municipal Musings, started running in July of 2004 on a regular basis and was always to the point. He believed in open government and judged politicians on their actions, not their personalities; and that’s how the world should work in a democracy. Unfortunately, many amongst us don’t like our actions questioned. In that respect, you could call him fearless. There were a few people, and not always politicians, who wanted to “punch him out” because of  columns that he wrote.

Fire levels Tim-Br Mart shed

Between $500,000 and $1 million up in smoke

By Kristen Shane


No one was hurt or killed but a fire Sunday levelled an 8,000-square-foot storage shed at Tim-Br Mart in Kincardine.


A customer picking up product in the store’s back yard first noticed the fire in the north-east corner of Shed 3, one of nine, which was a main storage building located directly behind the store. It held ceramic tiles, stacks of plywood, garage doors and special orders, among other materials.


Two yard workers were in another area outside.


Up in smoke

The remains of Shed 3 in the Tim-Br Mart yard in Kincardine after a fire tore through the place Sunday. (Kristen Shane photo)