March 2016

Municipality enacts frozen water service policy

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s cold winters have wreaked havoc on water and sewer lines, leading the municipality to develop a frozen water service policy.


Last winter, the municipality’s public works department staff was stretched to its limits dealing with 145 frozen water pipes, one frozen water main and two frozen sewer lines. To encourage home and business owners to run their taps to prevent freezing, the municipality charged a flat rate for water use through the winter.


Penalty charges stay for property owners with analog water meters

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council is standing by its municipal bylaw and will not excuse property owners from paying penalty charges associated with not switching out their old analog water meters.


Midgets eliminated in OT heartbreaker

Ennismore advances to OMHA finals

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks were 32.9 seconds away from playing for a provincial championship.

The Ennismore midgets celebrate the overtime winning goal in Game 6 Tuesday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


But a late tying goal, followed by an overtime winner sends Ennismore to the OMHA midget B finals and ends Kincardine’s season.

Ennismore had won 48 consecutive games coming into the semi-final series against Kincardine. But the Kinucks shocked the Eagles in Games 2 and 3. Kincardine had three chances to wrap up this series - but Game 4 finished in a 1-1 draw and Ennismore took Game 5 at home 2-0, which forced Tuesday night’s Game 6.

Bulldogs, Walkerton each win on the road

Western League final all even, Game 3 Friday in Walkerton

By Josh Howald

The Western Junior C League championship series has become a best-of-five after the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs and the Walkerton Hawks split Games 1 and 2 on the weekend.

Each team won on the road, with the Bulldogs skating to a 3-2 win Friday night in the series opener and Walkerton skating to a 6-3 win in Game 2 Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

"We know it is going to be a tight series, and we should be happy with a split - but I think we let them off the hook," said Kincardine head coach Steve Stepaniak. "We played a great defensive game in Game 1 and buried our chances. Then we beat ourselves in Game 2."

The 'Dogs had a bit of help in that department. Walkerton had 13 power play chances, and scored on four of them.

Atoms will play for provincial title

Game 1 of OMHA finals Friday in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks will play for a provincial championship.

Kincardine celebrates Tyler Johns second period goal in Game 4, which ended up being the game winner. (Josh Howald photo)


The atoms will kick off the OMHA atom B finals on Friday night at home. Kincardine will face Lambeth in a best-of-five championship series that begins Friday night. The puck will drop at 7 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.

Kincardine athletes earn gold at Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

Several Kincardine athletes returned home triumphant after earning gold medals in their sports at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games held last week in Newfoundland.


The Kincardine curling team, made up of Ryan Brodhagen, Tyler Jilek, Jackie McDonald and Chris Weese of Kincardine and Gary Nuhn of Owen Sound, won its division. Figure skater Rosie Laidler, also of Kincardine, received a gold medal for her free skate performance and silver for her solo dance.


Further details about the Games will be featured in next week’s edition of The Kincardine Independent.

Wolves sweep Shelburne

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves will get a chance to defend the WOAA Senior A playoff championship.

The Wolves defeated Shelburne twice on the weekend to eliminate the Muskies in a four-game sweep in a semi-final series. Ripley's opponent in the A final has yet to be determined. Currently, Milverton holds a 3-1 lead on Tillsonburg with Game 5 of the series to be played Friday night in Tillsonburg.

Ripley squeezed out wins in Game 1 and 2 of this series, so went into Game 3 in Ripley Friday night confident. The Wolves trailed the Fish 3-2 at the second intermission, but back-to-back power play goals from Brett Catto turned the game around. Ripley would score four times in the third for a 6-4 win.

KDSS girls lose in CWOSSA final

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team was able to exact a little bit of revenge last week at the CWOSSA A/AA tournament in Owen Sound. Unfortunately, they came up just short in the CWOSSA championship game.

The Knights had dropped the Bluewater Athletic Association title match the previous week in a hard fought game against the St. Mary's High School Mustangs. After running through their pool on the first day of the CWOSSA tournament, they met the same SMHS team in the CWOSSA semi-final game last Tuesday.

Rainor Kuz, Madison Beishuizen and Megan Stewart-Kemp each scored for KDSS in a 3-2 win over the Mustangs. All three goals came in the middle frame.

"That was a real good win for us," said Hailey Allen Wednesday morning. "Especially after the BAA final (the previous week)."

Kaitlin Eckert and Gabby Jex scored for St. Mary's.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Sylvia May Emmerton (née Jackson) of Kincardine passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre-Kincardine, on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in her 92nd year.

Beloved wife of the late Stan Emmerton.

Dear mother of Cheryl (Ron) McKee of London. Loved grandmother of Brooke McKee-Bass (Seth Bass) of New Jersey and Carla McKee (Neil Ewart) of London and great-grandmother of Jonah and Noa Bass and Quinn and Jax Ewart.

Predeceased by her sister Edna McLean, brothers-in-law Edwin, Joseph, Gordon, Allan and Herbert Emmerton and sisters-in-law Frances Walsh, Elizabeth Geddes, Edna Wilken and Annie Maurer.

Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine, on Friday, March 4, 2016. The funeral service was held in the chapel at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Rob Hiscox officiating.

Hawthorne will have lifetime connection to Kincardine

Since announcing my retirement a few short weeks ago, Lesley and I have been overwhelmed by the show of emotion and messages of encouragement from Bruce Power employees and members of our community. I understand the announcement was a shock for many, but in truth, it has been a consideration on my part for some time. However, it was very important to me that we stay the course and complete the major negotiation that underpinned the operation of our facility until 2064, which we announced last December, prior to moving forward with my retirement from Bruce Power.