November 2015

CWOSSA Silver for KDSS seniors

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team was more than prepared for the OSCVI Falcons. But it was the Peninsula Shores District School Phoenix that had their number.

"PSDS is a strong team, and they will do well at OFSAA," said KDSS head coach Vince Yenssen on Monday morning.

With the season on the line last Monday afternoon in Wiarton at the Bluewater Athletic Association Final Four tournament, the Knights came up big and crushed OSCVI 54-36 in a game that served both as a BAA semi-final and a qualifying game for the CWOSSA tournament.

But a lengthy winning streak by the Knights ended in the BAA final in spectacular fashion. The Phoenix had their way with KDSS, and captured the school's first ever BAA basketball championship with a 55-26 win over the Knights.

Wolves edged out in Durham

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves dug themselves into an early 3-0 hole Saturday night in Durham, and weren't able to recover.

Billy Terpstra, Chris Brown and Jay Tremble each scored to give the Durham Thundercats a 3-0 lead a little more than 10 minutes into Saturday evening's WOAA Senior AA contest. Brown's goal came with the Wolves on a power play, and made it 2-0 for the T-Cats. Tremble's goal was a power play marker.

Kyler Nixon extended the lead to 4-0 early in the second period. It was also a power play goal. The Wolves finally got one back midway through the second. Derek Regier scored from Ryan Armstrong to make it a 4-1 game.

Running into a ....

Zach Wall stands up a hit from a Mitchell forward last week in bantam rep hockey action at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The Tim-Br Mart bantam Kinucks edged out Mitchell 2-1 in this contest. The bantams are in action again at home tomorrow (Thursday) night at 7:30 p.m. against Seaforth. (Josh Howald photo)

Western League wins All-Star Game

Burrows, Skinner have points in Prospects Game

By Josh Howald

Home ice in the OHA Junior C Schmalz Cup quarter-finals will belong to the Western Junior C League.

That's what was on the line Saturday evening in Mitchell as the Western League All-Stars took on the best of the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario Junior C League. The Western League came from behind in this game to earn a 4-3 win over the GBMO, thanks in part to Lauchlin Elder of the Walkerton Hawks.

The big forward was named the Western League's most valuable player after scoring the game-winning goal in the third period. He batted a rebound out of mid-air on a Western League power play to give the West a 4-3 win and record his third point of the game.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Glenda Marybelle Avis (née MacArthur) of Inverhuron passed away peacefully at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in her 67th year after a courageous fight with cancer.

Beloved wife of Carl Avis.

Dear mother of Regan Avis (Keith Sine) of Guelph and Robyn Avis (Bryan Hughes) of Peterborough.

Loved sister of Randy (Suzanne Book) MacArthur of London. Sadly missed by her niece Jenny MacArthur and nephew Dan MacArthur.

Glenda has chosen to bequeath her body to UWO medical school.

Should Kincardine welcome Syrian refugees?

56% (24 votes)
44% (19 votes)
Total votes: 43

Refugee family could arrive by spring

Public meeting Dec. 7

By Eric Howald


A committee formed to bring a refugee family to Kincardine is getting strong support from the community.



Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church.



Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church said Friday that a few people in the church, spurred on by the Syrian refugee crisis, started talking about sponsoring a refugee family.


“From there, it has just mushroomed,” she said.

Why head south?

These Canada geese enjoyed the weather Sunday at Kincardine harbour, sunning themselves on a dock. They were among hundreds of geese along the shoreline that are soaking in unseasonably warm temperatures prior to leaving for the south. (Barb McKay photo)

Teachers ratify central agreement

By Barb McKay


The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached an agreement with the province and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and it is now up to union locals to negotiate with their school boards.


The union announced Friday that 98 per cent of teacher and occasional teacher locals voted to ratify the central agreement.


“It does not include everything we wanted, but that’s the reality of bargaining,” ETFO Bluewater president Julie Stanley told The Independent Friday. “Sometimes you take small steps.”


No provincial money for frozen water lines

By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine’s chances of receiving government funding to cover costs from frozen water lines last winter are, it seems, a pipe dream.


Council passed a resolution in March asking the province to provide funding to help the municipality recover from the substantial money spent dealing with frozen water lines and broken water mains that occurred last winter. More than 130 water services froze over the course of the winter, some not thawed until well into March.