July 2015

No blues here!

Emily van Straten, 3, of Hanover creates an original piece of art in the art zone in Victoria Park on the weekend as part of Saturday's free activities for the Lighthouse Blues Festival. For a full page of photos from the Blues Festival, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine stories part of national media project

By Barb McKay


A spotlight is shining on Kincardine and its residents as the community takes part in a national media project in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.


Over the past week, dozens of people have wandered over to Victoria Park to a small trailer where two young women, one a Kincardine native and the other a visiting producer, have been conducting interviews. The recordings will become a compilation of stories about Kincardine’s rich history through the eyes of the people who have grown up here, emigrated here and those who spend their summers here.


Women’s Triathlon considered biggest yet

Peach wins 16th annual event

By Barb McKay


It came down to the day of the race to determine if a swim would be included in the 2015 Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.



Katie Peach of Oakville, middle, with second place winner Glenna Fraumeni of Toronto, left, and Tina Perrilli of Brantford. (Barb McKay photo)



Gregory leads Junior league

At the midway point of the season, Robert Gregory leads the Kincardine Junior Tennis League in points with 51.

This is a special season for juniors at the Kincardine Tennis Club. The Club decided to offer a junior program this season, which kicked off with a series of six lessons in June followed by six weeks of league play. Parents are encouraged to participate in the league as well. Players get five points for each time they attend, and one point for every game they win during the hour-long weekly round robin. Currently, there are 37 junior members in the Kincardine Tennis Club, and 35 of them have participated in league play.

Gregory leads all juniors, followed by Malcolm Lane, who has 41 points. Juniors who have amassed 30 or more points are Evan Graham, Bella Lane, Bailey Pierson, Elijah Moore, John Graham and Abigail Lang.

35th Fox Run set for Sept. 20

The date for the 25th annual Terry Fox Run in Kincardine has been set.

The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning and ending at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Since 1984, Kincardine has raised $217,151.93 in memory of the iconic Canadian hero. In 1980, Fox made Canadian history with his Marathon of Hope. His goal of raising $1 for every Canadian can still be accomplished.

For more information on this year's run, contact Jane Benney at 519-386-4702 or by e-mail at janebenney@bmts.com or the Kincardine Davidson centre at 519-396-3491.


Brian Fullerton returns serve during Monday afternoon pickleball action at the Davidson Centre earlier this week. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Parking nightmare

In Josh's From the News Desk column last week he says, "I didn't hear one complaint this weekend about lack of parking from any of the thousands of visitors."


Why would they complain? They parked in clearly marked no parking areas. They double parked. They blocked driveways. They blocked entrances and exits to downtown parking and they blocked other cars in. All this with no-one with any real authority asking them to move, ticketing them or towing them away. If emergency vehicles had to get to some houses, it would have been impossible. 


I enjoy the festival, but the parking and driving is a nightmare if you live anywhere near the downtown.


Ray Richards, Kincardine

Wednesday, July 16, 2015


Margaret Anne Rutherford died peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

She is survived by her brother Gordon in Calgary; her sisters Ina-Mary and Elizabeth in Kincardine; as well as by two nieces and four nephews.

She will be missed.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 1Z5; 519-396-2701; www.daveylinklaterfuneralhome.com.



Walter E. Splettstoesser, beloved husband of the late Hanna Splettstoesser (Bischoff), of Bervie passed away at University Hospital in London on Monday, July 6, 2015, at age 79.

He was born in Hohenofen, Germany on Aug. 18, 1935, to the late Lisbeth (Jacob) and Walter Splettstoesser Sr.

Have you been swimming in Lake Huron yet this summer?

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Festival numbers up

16th annual Scottish Festival sees attendance spike

By Josh Howald

In all likelihood, Kincardine was more Scottish than Scotland on Saturday.

Thousands of people followed the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band back to Victoria Park Saturday night, and stuck around. More than 4,400 people attended the Saturday night concerts at the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This photo was taken from the front balcony of the Bruce Steakhouse. (Josh Howald photo)


Thousands of people packed the town all weekend long to take in the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games.