July 2015

Woman killed in Friday crash

Dangerous weekend on area roads

By Josh Howald

A 53-year-old woman was killed Friday in a single vehicle crash along Sideroad 30 in Huron Twp.

The South-Bruce OPP was notified of the crash at 3:46 p.m. Friday afternoon. Officers attended, along with members of the Ripley-Huron Fire Department and Bruce County paramedics, and found an orange Pontiac G6 on its roof in a creek.

There were three occupants in the vehicle. The rear seat passenger, a 53-year-old woman from North Huron Twp., was pronounced dead at the scene. Police didn't immediately identify the deceased, but Wednesday morning issued a release identifying her as Eleanor Zettler.

Ash Borer now in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The presence of the emerald ash borer has been verified in the municipality of Kincardine.

The news came just as Saugeen Conservation was preparing to begin treatment services in the region.

"We had a clear indication that the infestation had reached this area," said Murray Clarke, Kincardine CAO, "but we now know it has been verified within the actual town area."

Clarke said the municipality has developed a response protocol which is aimed primarily at dealing with trees that present a degree of hazard. Some trees have already been infected and will have to come down.

"Other options, such as possible treatment are being looked at with regard to prize ash trees within parks and other public areas," said Clarke.

Scottish snapshots

Jamieson MacNeil of Owen Sound competes in Highland Dancing Saturday morning in Victoira Park. For two full pages of colour photos from the 16th annual Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Driver loses control - twice

A 45-year-old Kincardine woman is facing numerous charges after a two-car crash on Durham St. Monday evening.

At 5:23 p.m., the South-Bruce OPP responded to a report of the two-vehicle crash. Officers arrived on the scene to learn a silver Honda Accord had struck a black Acura RDX. The driver of the Honda Accord was found to have been drinking alcohol.

The woman refused to co-operate with police, and became combative during the arrest. The woman was charged with dangerous driving, impaired driving, refusing a breath sample, assaulting police and resisting a peace officer. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 10 to answer to the charges.

There were no injuries reported.

Canada Day assault charges

Two men have been charged with assault following a fight at Station Beach in Kincardine on Canada Day.

At 10:20 p.m. on July 1, police caught wind of a disturbance at Station Beach, which was just clearing out following the Canada Day fireworks display. Officers arrived to learn that two males had assaulted a male teenager. The accused, a 19-year-old man from Barrie and a 19-year-old man from Kincardine, are each facing one count of assault as well as causing a disturbance. There was minor injuries reported at the scene.

The two men are scheduled to appear in court on July 27 to answer to the charges. 

Elston’s recycled garden is a work of art

Through the Garden Gate tour July 12

 By Barb McKay

 When Duncan and Sandy Elston moved into their home on McDonald Avenue a little more than one year ago, the yard was a blank slate, save for a board fence at the back of the property.

Duncan and Sandy Elston in their McDonald Ave. garden recently. (Barb McKay photo)


The fence came down almost immediately, revealing a buried heap of broken glass, metal and other garbage dating back nearly a century. After her husband hauled two trailer loads of waste to the landfill, Sandy Elston got to work creating a tranquil oasis for the couple.

Earley continues vision of community policing

By Barb McKay 

After 10 months without a detachment commander the South Bruce OPP is ready to get down to business and its new leader has some specific objectives in mind.

Inspector Dana Earley has officially stepped into the role of commander after three years as Staff Sergeant with the detachment. She is the first full-time commander since former top cop Insp. Scott Smith, a strong believer in community policing, left to take on a special assignment for the OPP. Earley received the promotion after being shortlisted to an inspector’s talent pool and completing several interviews.

Earley, who hails from the Goderich area, started her policing carrier with Essex County before spending five years in Marathon. She then transferred to Huron OPP and was promoted to Sergeant before joining South Bruce.

Plenty of victories at Connaught Park Saturday

By Josh Howald

The peewees beat Goderich, the Cubbies won a pair and more than $4,000 was raised Saturday at Connaught Park.

Nate Kraemer on the hill for Kincardine against St. Thomas Saturday night at Connaught Park. (Josh Howald photo)


All in all, it was a good day for local baseball.

The fifth annual Mike McClelland Memorial Cubs Classic was moved up from August this year so as to not compete with the Ripley Reunion. The Cubs took a risk on having the event on the same weekend as the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games - and it paid off.

Will Saturday's Triathlon include a swim?

Lake temperatures must rise in next couple of days

By Josh Howald

As the 15th annual Kincardine Women's Triathlon approaches, the biggest question is whether or not Lake Huron is going to co-operate.

The Ontario Association of Triathletes (OAT) has a rule that the water must be at least 13 degrees Celsius to be included in the triathlon. Only once in the previous 14 years has Lake Huron been too chilly for the hundreds of competitors that will compete in Saturday's race. That was in 2013, when the water was just 10 degrees Celsius. The lake temperature forced organizers to change the triathlon to a duathlon. Race organizers are prepared to modify the event much like in 2013, but are holding out hope.

Rookies kick off classic

Dylan Kaminski tags a Ripley runner on his way to first base Saturday morning in one of two rookie ball games that kicked off the Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic day of baseball at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)