April 2016

Bruce County bids farewell to Duncan Hawthorne

Kincardine medical clinic to be renamed in Hawthorne’s honour

By Barb McKay


Parting is such sweet sorrow.



Duncan and Lesley Hawthorne mingle at the tribute dinner Wednesday night at the Ripley-Huron Community Centre. (Barb McKay photo)



Kincardine to host 2018/19 OFSAA hockey tournament

By Josh Howald

The provincial high school boys hockey championships will be played in Kincardine in March, 2019.

The 16 best secondary school hockey teams from across the province will descend upon Kincardine in order to crown an Ontario champion. One would assume that arenas in Ripley, Tiverton and possibly Lucknow will be used in addition to the ice at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

OFSAA, the governing federation of 18 regional school athletic associations spread across Ontario, informed Kincardine District Secondary School of the news on Thursday.

“It is great for the school and the municipality,” said Peter Wolfe on Monday.

Season a sweet one for maple syrup producers

By Barb McKay


This is the time of year that winter-weary Canadians have eagerly awaited. Warm sunshine is bringing out the buds on trees and shrubs and sap that has been running out of maple trees for weeks now is bubbling away in steel vats, thickening into sweet maple syrup.


Indulging in pancakes dripping with maple syrup is as much a part of being Canadian as playing hockey and Ontario alone is home to more than 400 producers.


Peter Neve operates the Sugarhouse Studio near Cargill and is currently in the process of bottling 700 litres of liquid gold. In his 20 years of making maple syrup, he says this season stands out.

Expo putting

Mitchell Hackett lines up a putt Sunday afternoon at the Kincardine Expo hosted by the Kincardine Chamber of Commerce on the weekend at the Davidson Centre. That's his grandmother Shirley Hackett and sister Mikaela Hackett waiting for their turn. (Josh Howald photo)

Beefway cardboard bins removed

Cardboard will no longer be accepted at The Beefway property.


The cardboard bins were removed from the lot last Wednesday due to misuse and violation of the posted rules.


Cardboard was being piled on the ground around the bins and bags of garbage had been deposited there, as well.


Daylight break-in in Huron Twp.

More than an estimated $5,000 worth of property was stolen in a daylight break-in in Huron Twp. on April 19.

Police said a home on Carloway Trail was forcibly entered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The list of stolen property includes an Apple MacBook, gold necklaces, gold earrings, gold bracelets and a pearl necklace.

Police ask anyone with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Scheel goal clinches Buckland Cup

OOJHL title for Kincardine duo in Trenton

By Josh Howald

Ben Scheel and Ethan Skinner are Buckland Cup champions.

Ben Scheel, seen here in Game 4 of the Buckland Cup in Georgetown, scored the game winning goal in Game 5 to clinch the Buckland Cup for the Trenton Golden Hawks. (Josh Howald photo)

Scheel scored in the third period of Game 5 of the Ontario Junior Hockey League finals Friday night to give the Trenton Golden Hawks a 2-1 win over the Georgetown Raiders. The win clinched Trenton's first junior hockey championship since 1980.

Scheel couldn't have picked a better time to score his first goal of the postseason.

His Golden Hawks were tied 1-1 with the Georgetown Raiders Friday night after two periods of Game 5.

Stepaniak steps down off 'Dogs bench

By Josh Howald

The Western Junior C League's Coach of the Year won't be back behind the bench next season.

Steve Stepaniak will not return as head coach of the Kincardine Bulldogs next season. (Kincardine Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


Steve Stepaniak announced Thursday that he will not return as head coach of the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs for the 2016-17 season.

Stepaniak coached the 'Dogs to Kincardine's first Western League championship since 2009.

Badminton season at ends at CWOSSA

No less than seven members of the Kincardine District Secondary School badminton team qualified for the CWOSSA championship tournament last week.

Only two of those seven were able to pick up any wins at the tournament, however. Jennelle Smeltzer won two matches and Rylee Evans picked up a single victory.

Other Knights to qualify for CWOSSA by finishing in the top four at the Bluewater Athletic Association championship tournament were Neel Patel, Madison Beishuizen, Jake Colley, Nichole Durrant and Dax Tompkins.

Cents lead Schmalz Cup 2-0

The Ayr Centennials hold a 2-0 lead on the Port Hope Panthers in the OHA provincial Junior C Schmalz Cup finals.

The Cents won the opening game of the provincial finals 6-3 on Friday night and then took a 3-2 decision on Sunday afternoon in front of more than 1,000 people. Game 3 of the series is tonight (Wednesday) with Game 4 scheduled for Friday.

Ayr, from the Midwestern Junior C League, swept the defending champions from Essex in the semi-finals. Port Hope, meanwhile, defeated Alliston. Alliston eliminated the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs in their quarter-final series.