March 2016

All about balance

Amy Oliveira impresses at the Kincardine Skating Club's gala performance Friday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. All of the KSC skaters came together to put on a tremendous performance to cap off the skating season. (Josh Howald photo)

Mayors call Union Gas public meetings puzzling and inappropriate

By Barb McKay


The mayors of three municipalities working to bring in natural gas service are calling the move by Union Gas to hold open houses in the region “inappropriate.”


The Independent received a copy of a letter sent to Union Gas’s regional director Murray Costello Friday informing him the municipalities of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie have signed franchise agreements with EPCOR to distribute natural gas to the communities.


Federal government to revise medical marijuana regulations

AMMCan owners applaud the decision

By Barb McKay


A Federal Court ruling requiring the government to review its regulations around medical marijuana is a prudent decision, according to the head of a company in the process of establishing a medical marijuana facility in Kincardine.


The Federal Court issued a judgment last Wednesday on a Charter of Rights challenge by four individuals against the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). Judge Michael Phelan, presiding over the hearing, ruled that the medical marijuana rules violate the Charter and has given Health Canada six months to refine the regulations.


Bowl for Kids Sake this weekend

The annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kincardine & District returns to the bowling alley this year, its 30th year of bowling. The theme “It’s a jungle out there” provides lots of opportunities for interesting costumes and bowlers are asked to come as their favourite animal. Of course, here at The Independent that has to be our office mascot, Daisy Howald.


Teams will take to the alleys on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6. The goal is to raise enough money to operate the organization’s mentoring program throughout the year. This non-profit group matches local youth with one-on-one volunteers. Bowling sponsorships are being used for event costs so that every penny pledged can go directly towards program and mentoring costs.


Kincardine Old Boys and Girls Reunion seeks volunteers

By Barb McKay


The Kincardine Old Boys and Girls Reunion committee needs you.


Past Reunion chair Laura Haight, along with past committee members, gathered at the Paddy Walker House last Tuesday to officially welcome incoming chairs Dave Patterson and Jennifer Cook for the 2018 Reunion. Patterson said he had initially considered the role with some reluctance.


“After a couple of years of badgering and harassment from Laura and Brad (Kirkconnell - 1998 Reunion chair), I said no, no.  But I knew I would miss it. My wife Bobby and I talked and Jen’s name came up and we met at the Hawg’s Breath to talk about it.”


Midgets hand Ennismore first loss

Kincardine splits OMHA semi-final games

By Josh Howald

Undefeated no more.

Will Graham hops into the arms of Bradley Pickett after Pickett's game-winning goal with 1:59 remaining in Game 2 of Kincardine's OMHA semi-final series against Ennismore. The goal stopped an Ennismore win streak of 48 games. (Josh Howald photo)


The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks snapped a 48-game win streak on Sunday afternoon. A perfect season came to an end Sunday afternoon in Tiverton for the Ennismore midget Eagles. More importantly, it drew Kincardine even in this OMHA midget B semi-final series.

"Handing (Ennismore) their first loss all year was a huge mental obstacle for us," said Kincardine head coach Cory Hamilton. "Especially in the comeback fashion, coming off a 6-0 beating the night before."

Kincardine athletes to compete in Special Olympics National Games

By Barb McKay


Athletes from Kincardine will represent Team Ontario at the Special Olympics National Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this week.


The Kincardine curling team, made up of Ryan Brodhagen, Tyler Jilek, Jackie McDonald and Chris Weese of Kincardine and Gary Nuhn of Owen Sound, along with Kincardine figure skater Rosie Laidler, are currently in Newfoundland to compete in the Winter Games that began Mar. 1 and end Mar. 5. The athletes moved on to the nationals after earning gold at the provincial games in North Bay last year.


Walkerton and Kincardine in Western League final

Bulldogs eliminate Patriots in dramatic Game 7

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will face the Walkerton Hawks for the Western Junior C League title.

Brady Richards rang this shorthanded breakaway chance off the goal post in Game 5 - but he did score on the same shift in a four-goal outburst that clinched Game 5 for Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

The Bulldogs advanced to the league final with a Game 7 win Sunday afternoon on home ice. Kincardine spotted the Patriots a 3-0 lead in Sunday's seventh game, but battled back from behind for a 6-3 win. The Bulldogs should have punched a ticket to the league finals the previous night in Game 6, but some tough luck around the net brought the series back to the Davidson Centre for a winner-take-all showdown.

Weekend split for atoms

Game 4 Friday in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

Both teams won on the road, and the Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks remain tied with Elmvale in the OMHA atom B semi-final series.

Brandon Bishop is squeezed out by two Elmvale atom players during Game 2 of the OMHA atom B semi-finals Saturday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Game 4 is in town Friday night at 7 p.m.  (Josh Howald photo)


KSC skaters dazzle at gala

Brianna Clifford performs at Friday night's gala show put on by the Kincardine Skating Club at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)