June 2011

Avalanche of smiles

Ripley's Garrett Meurs is all smiles moments after being picked by Colorado in the fifth round of Saturday's HL Draft in Minnesota. For the full story, pick up a copy of this week's print edition of The Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

BWDSB defeats own budget

Trustees cite lack of information, inadequate funding allocation

By Barb McKay


The Bluewater District School Board of trustees has defeated its 2011 budget, a little more than a week before the provincial deadline.


The budget was turned down in a recorded vote, with five trustees in favour of passing it and five opposed.

Kincardine trustee Jan Johnstone said she could not approve the budget with so little information about how funds would be allocated.


SBGHC enters budget year with surplus

By Barb McKay

Despite the fact that substantial changes to the health care system are impacting hospitals throughout the province, the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) is in good financial shape, says its CEO.

Paul Davies told fellow board members at the SBGHC annual meeting last Wednesday that the health centre will need to tighten its belt and be diligent about spending over the next couple of years, but he believes local hospitals will make it through the period unscathed. The health centre entered the 2011 budget year with a surplus of just under $100,000, while many other hospitals are facing deficits.

“I think we’ll do quite well,” he said. “We’re not at the bottom of the barrel in terms of money in the bank.”

Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games this weekend

By Barb McKay

The 12th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland games is gearing up to be the largest one organizers have put together.

The festival will begin Friday, July 1 at 3 p.m. and continue through to Sunday evening. So far, 33 pipe bands from Canada and the United States have signed up to participate in the piping competition, while in previous years the cut off had been 30 bands.

Yun for the history books

KDSS honours top athletes at banquet

By Josh Howald

David Yun took in as much of the high school experience as he possibly could.

Because of that, the well-rounded 18-year-old was honoured as “Knight of the Year” last Monday night at the Kincardine District Secondary School Athletic banquet.

Kincardine wins two on the road

At home twice this weekend

The Kincardine Cubs played twice on the road this weekend, but had no trouble finding home.

Kincardine crossed home plate 39 times in two weekend routs to maintain undefeated in Thames Valley Senior League Baseball. With wins over London and Byron, the Cubs are now second  overall in the league with a 6-0-1 record.

Kincardine was actually scheduled to play three games on the road over the weekend, but a Friday night contest in Listowel against the Legionnaires was rained out.

Cooper wins Ontario Match Play title

By Josh Howald

A little time off certainly didn’t damage Brianna Cooper’s game.

Cooper claimed the Ontario Golf Association (OGA) Women’s Match Play Championship Wednesday at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club in Orillia. It was her first tournament of the season.

“I had no expectations,” said the Kincardine golfer. Heading in, she had only played two full rounds since finishing her freshman year on scholarship at Illinois State University.

“But I had been practicing a bit. Since school I’ve been working on a few things. I went and saw (former coach) Anne (Carroll), and changed my putting a little, and  I was able to find the right groove.”

Close to home

The Saturday night pipe band parades continue to attract locals, former residents, cottagers and neophytes to the charms of the band.


I didn’t stray 10 feet from the front door Saturday evening and still met a variety of people.


A fellow by the name of Bob Gorski approached and asked if I remembered him and his wife Lucy.


I didn’t until he told me that I wrote a story and about him and his wife using their kayak to rescue three young Kincardine-area men from the cold waters of Lake Huron in early June two years ago.


June 29, 2011



Victoria "Vicky" Beryl Yvonne Brock (née Barnes), of Kincardine, died at Trillium Court, on Saturday, June 18, 2011, in her 86th year. 


Beloved mother of Wendy McKinnon, of Barrie


Question candidates on education

By the time you read this, the Bluewater District School Board is likely to have finalized its budget.  But problems remain.The funding formula needs work.


For example, Elgin Market elementary school in Kincardine is full - actually so full as to trigger an 

accommodation review. Yet it costs the board money to operate on a net operating cost basis:  $60,000 in the 2009-2010 year. We need to solve problems like this.