March 2011

It's playoff season

*updated Thursday, April 1

Spring is in the air - and so is playoff hockey.

High school and minor hockey championships have been won, and it's time for the juniors to take the stage. There are big games on tap virtually every night from now until the weekend ends, and it all begins tonight in Walkerton.

Family escapes just in time

Fire guts Kennard Crescent home

By Barb McKay


The occupants of a home on Kennard Crescent gutted by fire on the weekend were lucky to escape with their lives, according to Kincardine fire department officials.



Nobody was injured in Saturday morning's fire, but the Kennard Crescent house was completely destroyed by the blaze. (Josh Howald photo)


No fat trimmed from police budget

Increase set for 2011

 By Barb McKay


Any municipal budget savings won’t come from the Kincardine police services budget.


Inspector Bill Klym and police services policy chair Jacqueline Faubert presented the 2011 police services budget to Kincardine council last Monday with an eight per cent increase.


The police services board was able to reduce its costs this year by $4,163 by cutting back on administration and advertising. Police services costs, through the Ontario Provincial Police, will increase $182,897 this year.


No solar panels for Ripley arena

 By Barb McKay


The Ripley-Huron Community Centre will not be a site for a solar project.


Solar Logix, of Oakville, was contracted to do a site inspection at the arena earlier this month to see if the roof was an appropriate location for solar panels. The company determined that the design of the roof made it unsuitable for a solar project.


Knights fourth in province

Impressive run at OFSAA tourney

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team made a run to Ontario's final four last week in Stratford at the OFSAA tournament. For the full story, photos and details, see this week's print edition of The Independent. Here, Cayly Bellan stickhandles her was into the Appleby zone during the provincial semi-finals. (Josh Howald photo)

Old Stars donate $10,000

Annual tournament a hit

The Kincardine OldStars made a $10,000 donation to the Davidson Centre Revitilization fund Saturday at the team's annual tournament and dance over the weekend. The OldStars have been in town for 35 years, and alumni gathered Saturday for a group photo and catch up at the Davidson Centre Hall. (Josh Howald photo)

You're benched!

Students down teachers in annual game

David Schell had a tough job Thurssday afternoon - trying to teach the teachers. Here, coach Schell decides to sit Mr. Kobielski on the bench in the third period of the annual staff-student hockey game at the Davidson Centre. The students, coached by The Independent's Josh Howald, won by an 8-7 score. (Chris Bianco photo)

OFSAA gold for Page

Former local star has found a home at Appleby

By Josh Howald

Somebody from Kincardine won an OFSAA girls hockey championship.

Appleby coach Margot Page shares a moment with Hannah Davidson of KDSS after an OFSAA semi-final game Friday morning in Stratford. Page's team beat Kincardine 5-2, and went undefated at the provincial tournament to claim an OFSAA gold. (Josh Howald photo)

Margot (Verlaan) Page coached Appleby College to a provincial championship Friday evening with a 5-3 win over St. Theresa Secondary School from the Trenton area.

A moral issue

Few people seem to have the intestinal fortitude to speak the truth in public today.


I was pleasantly surprised when I read reporter Barb McKay’s story in this week’s paper on Huron-Kinloss Township’s decision not to install solar panels at the Ripley Arena.


In an email to council about the issue, David Colling, an electrical pollution expert, said he had a moral issue with the price paid for solar power. “Anyone knows that we cannot afford to pay 10 plus times the going rate for electricity.”


That is a simple, direct comment on a provincial policy that affects all taxpayers.


March 30, 2011


Jim Cooper, of Hanover and formerly of Kincardine, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at the age of 61.


Survived by his wife Carol, son Bob, and daughter Christine; as well as by two grandchildren.


Also survived by his mother Irene Cooper; sisters Marj Buehlow, Aileen Morris, Carolyn Leask, Donna Bester and Debbie Cooper.