June 2012

Here come the pipes!

Cousins Sadie Chisholm, left, and Maryn Linklater dance a jig as they wait for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band to arrive Saturday evening in downtown Kincardine. The parade marked the start of the 64th consecutive year of Saturday night marches in town. (Josh Howald photo)

Money in the bank

Kincardine has substantial reserve funds in place, says auditor

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s finance’s are in ship shape, according to an independent auditor from BDO Dunwoody.


Auditor Mike Bolton presented a draft audit report of the municipality’s finances from 2011 at last Wednesday’s council meeting and said the municipality recorded a surplus of approximately $988,000, after amortization and transfers to reserves.


The municipality has roughly $24 million in reserve funds; $18 million which are cash reserves and $6 million which are unfunded.


Out in the sticks

Thompson says province needs to better understand the needs of rural Ontario

By Barb McKay


Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson says she’s trying to make a stronger case for rural Ontario.


Thompson sat down with Huron-Kinloss council last Monday evening during its meeting to outline some of the things she’s been working on since being elected last October; specifically relating to the township.


“We’re trying to make the best case for rural Ontario every way we turn,” she said. “A lot of things are happening in this riding and some might say I’m spoiled because I get to speak (at Queen’s Park) so often.”

What a Mann

A come and go tea was held Saturday afternoon at the Kincardine Legion to celebrate the 90th birthday of former mayor and Devil’s Brigade vet Charles Mann, sitting front left. Beside him is great grandson Brody. Standing are Charlie’s son Martenb and wife Dianne. (Eric Howald photo)

Quick change “scam”

Last Wednesday morning, a male made off with $100 in cash from a local business.

At about 9:20 p.m.  last Wednesday, a male entered a Queen Street store and asked to get a $100 bill changed into smaller denominations. As the clerk was making the requested change, the man simply grabbed the change, his $100 bill and ran out of the store.

The South-Bruce OPP is asking all store owners and staff be aware of this scam and be cautious when making change.

Supermodel in talks with municipality to promote Kincardine

Jessica Stam a Bervie native

By Barb McKay


Kincardine could soon be getting wide exposure from a high profile celebrity.


Kincardine’s community services co-ordinator, Steve Murray, told The Independent last week that he and Ryan Berry, of Buzz Cutz Studios, had coffee with supermodel Jessica Stam and her mother during her recent visit to her hometown. Murray said they encouraged Stam to use her social media accounts to promote Kincardine and she seemed receptive to the idea.


A Giant sweep for Cubbies

Kincardine hosts Cards on Canada Day

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs couldn’t have asked for a better opening weekend at home.

Jason MacDonald slides into second base during a big fifth inning by the Kincardine Cubs in Saturday's home opener. MacDonald was safe on this play, a double which drove home two runs in a 9-1 win over South London. (Josh Howald photo)


Knights hail Hayley

Stewart named Knight of the Year

By Josh Howald

She was a team player who played individual sports.

Hayley Stewart, 2012 KDSS Knight of the Year. (Josh Howald photo)

Hayley Stewart was named 2011-12 Knight of the Year last Tuesday at the Kincardine District Secondary School Athletic banquet.

“I honestly didn’t expect to win anything,” laughed Stewart, who accepted the award from last year’s winner David Yun in the school gymnasium.

Locals win pickleball title

By Josh Howald

A couple of Tiverton pickleballers are headed to Brampton.

Bob MacKenzie and Eleanor Roppell claimed the first ever pickleball championship tournament held in Kincardine last week. (Josh Howald photo)


Bob MacKenzie and Eleanor Roppell closed out the Grey-Bruce 55+ Games by winning the District 27 pickleball tournament Friday at the Davidson Centre. They went a perfect 6-0 on the day, defeating another Kincardine team in the championship game.

Please return

On Saturday morning just before noon while I was cutting the grass at the Kincardine Presbyterian church and Manse on Princes Street and Durham Street, someone mistakenly picked up my weed eater that I had left on the side walk leading to the house.


Could you please return it? I know it was an honest mistake, and I need it back for my grass cutting.  I do not remember the make, but it was green and from Canadian Tire.


You can call my parents at CENTURY 21 or New Look (396-2001), or leave it by the gate at the side of their office on Durham Market South.


Joseph Finnie, 17, Kincardine