February 2012

Talkin' turkey

The birds were back. Avey Cleminson, 9, buddies up with a wild turkey outside Bulk Barn at the Crossroads Plaza Sunday. The turkey is one of two that have been spending a fair amount of time in the plaza parking lot recently, to the amusement of shoppers. (Barb McKay photo)

McGuinty implies changes may be coming to feed-in-tariff program

Local mayors unconvinced control over wind development will be returned

By Barb McKay

Potential changes to the Green Energy Act could restore some planning authority to local municipalities around wind energy developments, but municipal leaders aren't convinced.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke at the joint Rural Ontario Municipal Association/Ontario Good Roads Association conference Monday where roughly 100 municipal politicians walked out in protest of the Green Energy Act. Following his speech, McGuinty reportedly told media the province will complete a review of the feed-in-tariff program next month and will do its best to incorporate local perspectives and will adopt some of the recommendations put forward by rural Ontario.

Golf cart goes up in flames

A report of a fire along the old railroad right-of-way near Sideroad 20 in Huron Township turned out to be a golf cart.


South Bruce OPP received a call at 7 a.m. about the fire. When they arrived, they found the destroyed golf cart.


It had been stolen from a residence along Huron Street, Ripley, earlier in the morning.


Anyone with information, is asked to phone the South Bruce OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Locks of love

Kathleen Henderson, 18, has her hair cut by Susan Elston-McKay at Clan Hairstyling Friday. Henderson had three braids of hair, each two feet long, cut off to be donated to Locks of Love, which will turn it into wigs for young cancer patients. She had been growing her hair four four years with that goal in mind. (Barb McKay photo)

SPCA investigates multiple animal cruelty complaints near Lucknow

By Barb McKay


Animal cruelty investigators with the Ontario SPCA executed numerous warrants this morning in the Lucknow area.


OSPCA spokesperson Alison Cross told The Independent Monday afternoon that warrants were executed at 16 different properties in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township following several reports of animal cruelty. Compliance orders were issued by investigators, some for medical treatment for skin, teeth, eye and ear problems, and others for inadequate animal housing.


Bowl for Kids’ Sake this weekend

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Kincardine and District will hold its 27th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake this weekend.


The annual bowling event is the organization’s largest fundraiser and last year raised $33,000 for mentoring programs for children and youth in the community. Bruce Power recently announced that it will sponsor the rental cost of the Bruce Bowling Lanes for the event, on Saturday and Sunday.


Bruce Power nuclear operator, Shaun Carney, who presented a cheque to BBBS Kincardine and District earlier this month, was once a Little Brother and now volunteers with the BBBS group mentoring program.


Ripley in OMHA semis

Game 1 Friday night

The Ripley peewee rep team will host Thamesford Friday night for Game 1 of the OMHA semi-finals.

It's an 8 p.m. start for the peewees, who swept Teeswater in the last round to win a WOAA championship. Games 2 and 3 of the series will be played in Thamesford Saturday and Sunday.

Midget sweep for WOAA three-peat

Another meeting with Mt. Brydges in OMHA semis

By Josh Howald

In a rematch of this year’s International Silver Stick Final, the Kincardine Miller Insurance midgets will face Mt. Brydges in the OMHA semi-finals.

Kincardine swept Listowel last week to win a third straight WOAA title, and will open at home against Mt. Brydges. Game 1 of the series is a 9:15 p.m. start Friday night at the Davidson Centre, with Game 2 in Mt. Brydges on Saturday afternoon.

Kincardine players barely crack smiles after winning the WOAA title last week.

Clean ice

More than 30 teams were at the Kincardine Curling Club organized by Sam Turcotte and the KCC on Saturday .(Josh Howald photo)

Knights win BAA hockey title

By Josh Howald

Kincardine won’t have to crash this CWOSSA party.

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team won a Bluewater Athletic Association championship last week, and will enter the provincial qualifier as top seed – and with home ice.

Riley Cook celebrates his game winner off a rebound in Friday's BAA championship. (AJ Adams photo)

Kincardine is hosting this year’s provincial qualifying tournament, and will enter the tournament as top seed after defeating the rival Sacred Heart Crusaders 3-1 in the BAA championship game Friday in Kincardine.