August 2010

Rush hour in Ripley

This man was spotted driving his lawnmower, with a horse in tow, at Ripley's main intersection early Saturday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

Remembering Oksana

A young woman tosses a flower in Lake Huron to pay tribute to Oksana Milovanovic, a 16-year-old exchange student from Vertou, France who lost her life Aug. 16. An estimated 500 mourners attended a memorial service at Reunion Park Friday. For full details on the tragedy and the memorial, see this week's print edition of The Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Public consultation for off-shore wind turbine rules extended

By Barb McKay


The public will have until October to review and submit comments on proposed restrictions on any future off-shore wind energy projects.


Common sense the best safety net

Nearly impossible to regulate swimming in Lake Huron

By Josh Howald

The town has been abuzz after last week’s heart-breaking incident at Station Beach in which a 16-year-old girl died in the waves of Lake Huron.

Two people have now drowned at Station Beach in the past three years, and people are left wondering if anything more can be done to prevent these tragedies.

It’s a tough question, and the only real answer is that people must use common sense around water. The ability to swim and knowledge of lake conditions are crucial, but are there other precautions we could take as a community?

The Independent bounced some of the ideas we heard this week off Brenda Lance, the Municipality’s Aquatic Supervisor, Thursday afternoon.

Huron-Kinloss to state its position on off-shore wind turbines

By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss council will make its position clear on off-shore wind projects.


At its Aug. 16 meeting, council agreed to put together an official position statement regarding the possible development of off-shore wind projects in Lake Huron, after receiving a position statement from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC).


Fun in Point Clark!

The Point Clark Lighthouse 20th annual Cornfest and Car Show was held Saturday. Mitchell, Blake and Gavin Roemer, along with Ethan Vollmer and Carter MacPherson gather here to check out the flags at the lighthouse. (Katy Stewart photo)


Big save, big smile

Elisabeth McDonald of the Tim Hortons under-4 white team smothers the ball after a fantastic save Saturday at the KMSA's year-end tournament Saturday morning. For more photos from the tournament, see this week's print edition. (Josh Howald photo)

'Dogs sign 14

Open at home Sept. 17

By Josh Howald

It’s hockey time once again in the dog pound.

The Kincardine Bulldogs were back on Davidson Centre ice Sunday afternoon as the team’s main training camp opened. The ‘Dogs have previously been on the ice once, three weeks ago for an early skate in Goderich.

Sunday, about 30 players were skating under the watchful eye of the ‘Dogs coaching staff. It’s a little bit smaller camp than usual this season, as General Manager Doug Kennedy has already signed 14 players to cards.

“There are a few other players we are close to signing,” said Kennedy Sunday. “But we have to work on getting a few releases (from other teams) and wait for some cuts from Junior A and B camps.”

Barbs move into first

Play Saturday in Kincardine

A surprise out of Windsor and a forfeit in Port Elgin has moved the Bruce County Barbarians into first place overall in the Niagara Rugby Union A Division.

The Cambridge Pirates, who were sitting one point ahead of Bruce County in the standings, were upset 38-5 by the Windsor Rogues, while the Grimsby Gentlemen were forced to forfeit a 28-0 decision to the Barbs after arriving in Port Elgin with just 10 players. After the weekend developments, Bruce County (10-1) now sits three points ahead of the Pirates in first place.

In Port, though the Gentlemen were forced to forfeit as 12 players are needed for a game, the teams still played an exhibition contest with Bruce County loaning five players to Grimsby for the game.


Tainnen Stone, left, has a heavy kick blocked by Bailey Meyer during under-8 soccer action Saturday morning. Stone's New Orleans team from Tiverton downed Meyer's McDonald's squad 5-2 in this contest. (Josh Howald photo)