February 2016

Bruce Power employee burned

By Barb McKay

A Bruce Power employee was rushed to hospital Monday after suffering burns to his hands and arm when gas from a pipe he was working on suddenly ignited.

Bruce Power spokesperson John Peevers confirmed that the incident occurred when the man was performing routine maintenance as part of the Unit 8 outage in the non-nuclear side of the plant known as the turbine hall. Peevers said gas became ignited, resulting in the employee being burned.

“Bruce Power first responders transported the worker to an off-site hospital and the worker is being treated,” he said Wednesday via email.

Peevers said Bruce Power has notified the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the Ontario Ministry of Labour and is continuing to investigate the incident in order to obtain all the facts.

Lake levels steady despite warm winter

By Barb McKay

While Kincardine is experiencing record-setting warm temperatures this winter, they do not appear to be having an effect on lake levels.

According to Geoff Peach, co-founder of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC), El Nino is having an interesting effect on our winter, but it does not appear to be impacting the levels of Lake Huron, yet.

“Levels are on their usual seasonal decline, but a wet December kept levels from dropping by too much. The relatively warm air over a relatively warm lake has resulted in lower evaporation rates,” he said in an email to The Independent.

Peach said when cold Arctic air masses flow over a warm lake, evaporation tends to occur, but we have not experienced any significant cold air masses yet this season.

Paint party

Avery Sawatzky, 3, of Tiverton had a great time painting the ice at the Tiverton Sports Centre during Sunday's Winterfest celebrations. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine BBBS seeks mentors

30th annual Bowl for Kids Sake March 5 and 6

By Barb McKay


In the past half dozen years, the number of ‘Littles’ who have joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Kincardine and District programs has doubled. Now the organization is facing a shortage of mentors.


As Kincardine BBBS gears up for its biggest annual fundraiser, it is looking for more than donations and sponsors – it needs people. Kayla Piekarz, community co-ordinator for the organization, told The Independent last week that there are now 45 ‘Littles’ in the program. Of them, 11 boys and nine girls are on a waiting list for ‘Bigs’ – adult mentors.


“In the past couple of months, we have gained quite a few ‘Littles,’” she said.

New bridge connecting Kincardine trails expected this spring

By Barb McKay


A new bridge connecting the Kincardine trail system across the South Penetangore River could be installed in April.

Brad Kirkconnell of the Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) said all the funding is now in place for the $11,000 bridge project, thanks to a $6,000 donation from OPG and $5,000 from a participating landowner. The KTA only needed the approval of the Municipality of Kincardine council to proceed, and expected an answer following Monday’s municipal budget meeting.


Bulldogs could sweep Flyers tonight

Kincardine leading Western League series 3-0

By Josh Howald

It could be an opening round sweep for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs tonight (Wednesday) in Goderich.

Jacob Hutchings has been solid when called upon thus far in the Western Junior C League playoffs. Here, he tracks the puck during Game 3 of Kincardine's opening round series against Goderich. (Josh Howald photo)


Atom Kinucks lead Gananoque 2-0

Week of big playoff games for Kincardine

It has been a steady schedule of big hockey games over the past week for the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks. In the last week, the atoms have eliminated Listowel to win the WOAA playoff championship and seized control of an OMHA quarter-final series with Gananoque.

Casey Beisel keep the puck in the Gananoque zone during Game 1 of the OMHA atom B quarter-finals Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The Kinucks took Game 1 in a rout, and could wrap things up Saturday in Gananoque. (Josh Howald photo)


Midgets win WOAA title

Elmvale in town for Game 1 Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will open the OMHA quarter-finals Saturday night at home.

Chase Meurs scores for Kincardine in Game 3 of the WOAA finals against Listowel. (Josh Howald photo)


The midgets and Elmvale will kick off a best-of-five series at 8 p.m. at the Davidson Centre. Game 2 of the series will be at 7 p.m. Sunday night in Elmvale. Game 3 is also in Elmvale on Feb. 19, with Game 4, if necessary, in Kincardine Feb. 20.

Wolves drop playoff opener in overtime

By Josh Howald

It couldn't have been much more of a back-and-forth game on Friday night in Ripley between the Wolves and the Tillsonburg Thunder.

No lead lasted more than five minutes in this game, the opening contest of the WOAA Senior A round robin playoffs, which also includes Lucknow, Milverton and Shelburne.

Adam Vandepole's goal at 14:45 of overtime was the difference on this night, giving the Thunder a 5-4 win on the road. It didn't take long for bad blood to develop, despite the fact these two teams have never played against each other before. Four players were ejected in the second period of a penalty-filled game.

Friendly rivals

Team captains Dave Patterson, left, and Dan McCormick with a few high sticks before Saturday night's 20th annual Ken McCormick Game and Dance Saturday night at the Davidson Centre. McCormick's team succesfully defended bragging rights. (Barb McKay photo)