June 2015

Do you like the idea of a new building/viewing tower in downtown Kincardine?

40% (26 votes)
60% (39 votes)
Total votes: 65

Return of the tartan

The Kincardine Tartan was piped from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #183 to Victoria Park on Saturday morning in what was essentially a practice parade for Saturday, which is opening night for Saturday evening marches. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band has been marching Queen Street on Saturday nights since 1948. (Josh Howald photo)

Timing on hospital project up to province, says LHIN

South West LHIN hears concerns about home care, hospital redevelopment in Kincardine

By Barb McKay


The South West Local Health Integration Network is still in support of a proposal to redevelop the Kincardine hospital, according to the network’s CEO.


Michael Barrett told The Independent that the hospital was a focus of discussion during an engagement session held at the Best Western Plus Governor’s Inn in Kincardine last Tuesday. Following a presentation by South West LHIN senior director Kelly Gillis, participants formed focus groups to talk about the goals the LHIN is focusing on in its Integrated Health Service Plan.


Relay For Life funds down 50 per cent

Small but enthusiastic crowd still pulls in more than $30,000

By Josh Howald

The format may have changed, but spirits remained high and the purpose was the same.

Unfortunately, the bottom line was not.

Marjorie Bentley, 14, didn't let crutches stop her from walking in the Kincardine Relay For Life Saturday. (Josh Howald photo)


This year's Relay For Life underwent some major changes, and some growing pains were to be expected, said Geoff Van Geem, Manager of the Bluewater Community Office for the Canadian Cancer Society.

New facility, viewing tower proposed for downtown

By Barb McKay


A proposal for a multiuse building and observation tower next to the Kincardine Centre for the Arts received mixed reviews from Kincardine councillors last week.


Splash Pad could open next week

By Barb McKay

The new splash pad at Lions Park could be operational as early as next week, if the weather holds out.

That's the word from the Kincardine and District Lions Club on Monday. John McManus told The Independent that the pad is installed, commissioning tests are complete and staff have been trained. Work remaining includes landscaping and the installation of a concrete sidewalk and fencing.

"If the weather holds, we'll get the water flowing for the kids in seven to 10 days or so," McManus said.

Anyone interested in donating to the project can purchase bricks and paving stones that will be incorporated around teh splash pad by visiting the Lions CLub website at www.kincardinelions.ca or by calling the Davidson Centre.

Multi-culturual Night in Kincardine

The ladies of India were in good spirits Wednesday evening at Kincardine's annual multi-cultural night. A large crowd attended the Davidson Centre for a virtual tour around the world that included live entertainment and traditional cultural food. Here, Renuka Sood, Minal Karavadra, Rakhi Chitkara, Mamta Patel, Mary Aranjo and Abhilasha Tripathi pause for a photo. (Josh Howald photo)

Senior duped by “FBI agents”

A senior citizen from Huron County was duped out of several thousand dollars by con artists pretending to be FBI agents recently.

During the first week of June, the victim received calls from two men claiming to be FBI agents from Texas. They were able to convince the victim they were investigators working on an earlier fraud that had duped the victim. They told her they needed her help in bringing the scammers to justice, and that she would get a cheque in the mail for $20,000. However, first they just needed her to transfer some money.

Kincardine Scottish Festival becoming international event

By Barb McKay


This year’s Scottish Festival is pulling in the largest pool of national and international talent yet, according to the event’s organizers.


The 2015 Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held July 3-5 in Kincardine with competitions, heavy events, workshops and concerts. The Festival has lined up major Canadian performers Ashley MacIsaac and The Barra MacNeils to headline the concert events this year. Other performers include the popular Celtic group The Mudmen, The Thogs, champion fiddler Shane Cook, The Ballagh Family, harpist Loril Shannik, The Kincardine Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the Kincardine Community Singers.


Bernath Knight of the Year

By Josh Howald

Derrick Bernath is 2014 Knight of the Year.

Marley Martyn, left, and Derrick Bernath were honoured last week at the KDSS Awards Assembly as Sportsperson of the Year and Knight of the Year, respectively. (Josh Howald photo)


Bernath was honoured with the award on Wednesday morning at the Kincardine District Secondary School awards assembly.

Being "knighted" was the logical next step for Bernath, a fifth-year student who is off to Lambton College in September to study Power Engineering. In the past, he has been named KDSS junior athlete of the year and senior athlete of the year.