March 2012

Ontario's best!

Hockey team wins first ever provincial team title for KDSS

By Josh Howald

Kincardine District Secondary School has the best boys hockey team in the province.

Chris Beattie does a lap with the school flag following the OFSAA championship game. (Jessica Satosek for The Independent)

For the first time ever, KDSS is home to a provincial team champion. KDSS went undefeated in seven games last week at the OFSAA A/AA tournament in Peterborough, capping off an exciting week with a 4-2 win over Windsor’s FP Brennan Saturday night.

Health care funding changes will impact rural hospitals, says SBGHC head

By Barb McKay


The province’s new funding formula for hospitals will negatively impact rural health care, according to South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s (SBGHC) CEO.


Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews, announced last week that beginning April 1 the province will change the way it funds hospitals, moving away from lump sum funding allocations to patient-based funding. Going forward, hospitals will receive 40 per cent of their funding based solely on the number of patients they see and what are considered to be the clinical needs of the community.


Police seek fuel thief

Police are looking for a man who stole a jerry can of gasoline from a home in Kinloss Township on the weekend.


According to a South Bruce OPP report, a resident on Paxton Street in Kinlough called police around 8:20 p.m. Sunday after he spotted a man taking the can from his property. The man ran off when the homeowner yelled at him. Police say the suspect is described as a man, approximately 25 years old, who drove off in a blue car similar to a Chevrolet Cobalt.



Scott Calamuse cooks up the noodles for the Spay-ghetti Dinner and Silent Auction, hosted by the Huron County SPCA and Cozy Cat Kennels Satruday at the Kincardine Legion. The funds raised will be used to care for rescued animals, and spay or neuter dogs and cats. (Barb McKay photo)

Municipality on the fence over funding for fish derby

By Barb McKay


It’s unclear if the Municipality of Kincardine will offer up any funding to the Fish Kincardine Derby this year.


Jackie Pawlikowski, executive director of the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce, which took over the event last year from the municipality, came to Kincardine council last Wednesday to ask for $1,000 to help cover the cost of promotional material, including posters and signs. The derby is scheduled to run from May 18 to 27.


Kincardine group petitions for Kincardine council to stop further wind developments

By Barb McKay


Rural Kincardine residents are asking the municipality to step up and use its authority under the Municipal Act to stop further industrial wind turbine developments.


A number of residents are in the process of circulating a petition through Kincardine, which calls on Kincardine council to “defend the health, safety and well-being of our community … to stop further construction of industrial wind turbine projects in Kincardine until problems caused by the Enbridge projects are completely resolved.”


Midget champions!

Double parade Saturday for Kinucks, Knights

The Kincardine Miller Insurance hockey team capped off an incredible season with an undefeated playoff run and an All-Ontario championship.

Some great Knights in Peterborough

By Josh Howald

A unique collection of students etched their names in local history Saturday night at the Memorial Arena in Peterborough.

The KDSS boys hockey team celebrates following Saturday night's OFSAA Final. (Jessica Satosek for The Independent)

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team went undefeated through seven games over four days to win the first OFSAA team title in the history of KDSS. The Knights entered OFSAA as an unknown, seeded 13th with zero prior appearances. They left as champions, the best high school hockey team in the province.

 “I’m still speechless. I’ve never been more happy to win a sporting event,” said co-captain Chris Beattie.

Tie break eliminates KDSS girls

Kincardine leaves OFSAA with winning record, empty-handed

By Josh Howald

Try as they might, the Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team couldn’t duplicate last year’s magic at the provincial girls high school hockey championships.

A shorthanded KDSS squad finished this year’s OFSAA A/AA tourney in Belleville and Trenton with a 2-1-1 record, but it wasn’t quite good enough to qualify for a quarter-final game.

“I’m proud of our team,” said Mikhalya Bowes, “even with our top players missing we played with every team we came up against. It is unfortunate that advancing depended on another school.”

Kincardine finished preliminary play tied for second in its pool, but since Notre Dame defeated Kincardine 4-2, the London school advanced on the first tie-breaker, head-to-head play.

Ripley outmatched in OMHA Final

Flesherton wins All-Ontario in Game 4

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Legion peewees outlasted expectations, but couldn’t outlast a strong Flesherton team.

Chase Meurs drives to the net through a crowd of Flesherton players during Game 3 of the OMHA peewee D finals Friday night in Ripley. (Barb McKay photo)

After dropping Game 1 of the OMHA peewee D championship series, Flesherton defeated Ripley in three consecutive games to win an All-Ontario title. Flesherton wrapped things up on home ice Sunday evening with a 5-0 shutout win.