August 2015

Two-headed calf delivered on local farm

By Barb McKay


Tuesday, Aug. 18 is one for the history books on Prehnbrook Farms.



Local dairy farmer Madison Prehn had quite a surprise when veterinarian Andrew White helped one of his cows deliver a two-headed calf last week. (submitted photo)



Madison Prehn was in the barn monitoring a dairy cow in labour. She was having difficulty so he called local large animal veterinarian Andrew White.


Tall order!

A huge crowd gathered on the north pier Friday to welcome the Toronto Brigantine Tall Ships Pathfinder and Playfair into the Kincardine harbour. The ships' arrival launced the second annual Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival. Despite choppy waters, the ships arrived without incident. (Barb McKay photo)

Elementary teachers increase work-to-rule action

Public elementary teachers and occasional teachers will launch phase two of work-to-rule strike action when they return to classrooms in September.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced Thursday that teachers would continue to carry out instructional duties in the classroom and volunteer for extra curricular activities as they see fit, but will withdraw from a number of activities including school field trips, collecting money for school-related activities and fundraisers, collect or distribute to students any paperwork required by the school or school board, attend ‘meet the teacher’ events outside of working hours and respond to any electronic communication from the principal or vice-principal outside of school hours except where there is a safety issue involved.

Sinking feeling

This boat was slowly being submerged at the boat launch on the east side of the Kincardine Harbour Thursday morning. THe boat, however, didn't completely sink. It took on quite a bit of water, as you can see, but the owner said Monday it was able to be towed out. (Josh Howald photo)

PREDC continuing on without executive director

Board committed to economic development initiatives

By Barb McKay


The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation is continuing its objective to bring business to Kincardine, despite its split from the municipality.


PREDC president Jim Prenger told The Independent last week that the corporation is moving ahead with initiatives despite the fact that it no longer has a contract with the Municipality of Kincardine or an executive director. Ron Coristine resigned from PREDC in July to pursue other interests. The corporation continues to operate with its original board of directors and each member has taken on additional duties.


“We do have enough funding to keep us going a year or two,” Prenger said.

Shark attack

Blair Wilson, 3, and brother Scott, 5, had fun pretending they had been swallowed by a shark at McPherson Park on Saturday. The shark was actually a ban bag toss game, part of the children's activities at the Kincardine Marine Heritage Festival. (Barb McKay photo)

Annual Gathering of the Bands this weekend

The 24th annual Gathering of the Bands will be held this weekend and is expected to involve as many as 300 pipers and drummers.


The event, organized by the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band, will take place Saturday in Victoria Park with entertainment throughout the afternoon and culminate with the Massed Band parade down Queen Street at 8 p.m.


Teenager doubles the speed limit

A 17-year-old male from Huron-Kinloss Twp. is facing a charge of racing a motor vehicle after he was clocked at double the speed limit at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

A South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol along Concession 2 in Huron Twp. notice a grey Toyota Corolla moving at a high rate of speed. That speed was displayed on RADAR at more than 160 km/hr in a posted 80km/hr zone.

He wasn't the only one moving quickly. On Aug. 15, police charged a 25-year-old from Truto, Nova Scotia after clocking them at 133 km/hr in a posted 80km/hr zone on Highway 21 near Kintail.

In other police news, the South-Bruce OPP doled out a three-day license suspension after stopping a red Pontiac Grand-Am just before 9 p.m. Aug. 20. The officer found the driver had been drinking, and the driver registered a warn range result at roadside screening.

Bulldogs busy building roster

Exhibition tournament in town this Sunday

By Josh Howald

Opening night gets a little closer every day. And every day, the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs get a little closer to finalizing this year's roster.

"Training camp is going really well," said head coach Steve Stepaniak. "Everyone out now is legitimately competing for a spot."

Thursday night, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to Goderich in an exhibition contest at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The previous week, the 'Dogs youngsters dropped a 4-2 game to Hanover's rookies. Stepaniak said for both games he put a very young line-up on the ice with a handful of veterans sprinkled in through the rosters.

Thursday, Goderich had all of its top players dressed, and Stepaniak said it was good for his young players to play at that level and really see the physical part of the game in the Western League.

"If it weren't for three or four posts, we would have won," he said.

Two post offices

To MP Ben Lobb:


Is there a need for two post offices in Kincardine - one downtown and one at Shoppers Drugmart?


I hear people say they can’t use the downtown post office as it is too busy at lunch time and closes at 4:30 p.m. Hours of service can be adjusted.


The Shoppers Drug Mart is not even convenient. You need a car to get there. It is not on the highest traffic route nor near a residential area. Apparently all parcels will go to Shoppers.