December 2011

Deer blamed in break-in

Police have fingered a deer in a Paisley break and enter case.


Last Wednesday night, the South-Bruce OPP received a call regarding a break and enter at the MacNamara Gallery along Queen Street North, Paisley.


Officers arrived on the scene to find two broken windows at the Gallery. They also found deer hair attached to the glass. Eyewitnesses then reported seeing a deer stroll through the downtown area, and police were able to connect the dots.


The owners reported nothing missing from the Gallery.


The deer remains at large.

Chaos in Kincardine's crease

Goalttending situation uncertain after weekend debacle in Hanover

By Josh Howald

After 10 years of minor pro hockey, Kincardine coach Jeff Alcombrack thought he had seen it all.

Then Sunday happened.

Gatlin Burt and the Bulldogs makes a save Sunday prior to being ejected from a 7-2 loss to the Hanover Barons. (Richard Lawson photo)


“I have never been more embarrassed in hockey in all my life,” said Alcombrack Sunday evening. “I was embarrassed for my players, and their families in the stands.”

Tonight’s (Wednesday) rematch may be worth a look, if only just to see who is in net. As of right now, nobody knows.

Kincardine Silver Stick turns 25

Tournament opens next Tuesday

For the 25th consecutive year, Kincardine will be flooded with minor hockey players and parents between Christmas and the New Year.


The annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick kicks off Tuesday (Dec. 27) at three local arenas.


“We have 48 teams again this year,” said convenor Lyle Brock. “It has a huge economic impact on the area, but to be honest, it’s really all about the kids and making sure everyone has a good time.”


Another winner!

Derrick Bernath is the third winner in The Kincardine Independent's NHl Hockey Pool. Bernath won two tickets to see the Owen Sound Attack in Owen Sound, as well as a $10 gift certificate to Kincardine Crabby Joe's.Presenting Bernath with the prizes is sports editor Josh Howald. (Eric Howald photo)

Attack swings through Lucknow

OHL team ends 2011 on winning note

By Josh Howald

A successful three-game set for the Owen Sound Attack started in Lucknow Wednesday evening.

The Ontario Hockey League squad played three games in three days before breaking for Christmas, with two of those on the road. The Attack ran into a hot goalie Saturday night, but edged out Kitchener for a 3-1 win at home Friday night, the team lost 5-3 in Sarnia after a big 6-4 win the previous night in Windsor.

The team departed for Windsor from the Lucknow Arena Wednesday night after holding an open practice and community skate in Huron-Kinloss. A couple hundred people watched first-year coach Greg Ireland put the defending OHL champs through their paces.

CIS Tournament raises more than $5,000

Superheat FGH Great Lakes Challenge a success

The first ever CIS hockey tournament in Kincardine was a success financially, as well as on the ice.

The Superheat FGH Great Lakes Challenge committee announced this week it would donate $5,282.73 to the Davidson Centre Revitilization Fund. The four-team women’s tournament was played at the Davidson Centre Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2011, with Regina and Lethbridge (Canada West) playing a round robin with Guelph and York of the OUA.

“Initially we were just hoping we could break even,” said Josh Howald of the tournament committee.  “To donate more than $5,000 to the addition says a lot about its success, and the perfect way to thank our volunteers. So many of them use the Davidson Centre facilities on a regular basis.”

Quick peek

Gordie Reaume makes a save, but takes a quick look just to make sure in novice houseleague action Saturday morning. (Ian Brooks photo)

Cheerios and gum

Asked what she wants for Christmas, my two-year-old granddaughter in Regina answered, “Cheerios and gum”.


Rather modest wants, I believe.


My three-year-old grandson in Kincardine, said he wanted blue play-doh and a dinosaur race track. I have no idea of what the latter is, but the wants still appear modest.


He actually had a second chance to meet Santa. He declined, saying he’d already told Santa what he would like to receive.


Obviously at that age, children have yet to be indoctrinated into the world of Christmas commercial greed.


December 21, 2011


David Henry "Harry" Sparks, of Kincardine, died at the Southampton Care Centre on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in his 92nd year.

Dear father of Paul (Brenda) Sparks, of R. R. #5, Owen Sound; and Rev. Robert Sparks, of Quathiaski Cove, B.C.

Loving grandfather of Angela (Jeremy) Stewart and Timothy (Courtney) Sparks.  Cherished great grandfather of Seth, Jesse and Emma Stewart. 

Predeceased by his wife Mary (née MacKay); his brother Lloyd Sparks; and sisters Gladys Reid and Helen Sparks.

Explanation needed

In November, the media mentioned the ‘request for proposal’ for the Kincardine Airport Service Provider.

Though not perfect, the purpose behind this is to help ensure that “we the tax payers” get good value for our taxes. So this asks the question, what about other outside companies hired by the municipality such as, the company that does engineering work for Kincardine. I keep looking for the tenders for this critical work, and so far haven’t seen any.


I think we are owed a proper explanation from a town executive in regards to this matter.


Otherwise, how do I and my fellow town members of the 12.5 % club know that we are getting the best  value for our ever increasing taxes?