May 2016

Soccer semi-finals tomorrow morning

BAA sports round-up

By Josh Howald

As quickly as it all began, the Bluewater Athletic Association regular season soccer schedule has ended.

Macy Miller and her KDSS teammates will take on the St. Mary's High School Mustangs in a BAA semi-final game tomorrow morning in Walkerton. (Josh Howald photo)


Both the Kincardine District Secondary School boys and girls soccer teams won quarter-final playoff games yesterday (Tuesday) and will play in BAA semi-final contests tomorrow on the road.

United wins soccer opener 4-1

It was a chilly, but winning start to the soccer season for Huron United on Sunday.

Kincardine's men's soccer team kicked off the 2016 season with a 3-1 win over Albion FC Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

It was an evenly matched game for the opening 15 minutes, but two goals in two minutes gave Huron United a lead they never gave up. The visiting defence was unable to deal with a free kick from Matt Brown from the left side, and Jacob Hunsburger smashed a loose ball into the roof of the net from two yards out for the game's opening goal. A defensive mix-up just minutes later gave Huron United a 2-0 lead. A back pass was misplayed by the keeper, and the ball rolled under his foot for an own goal.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Claudette Sonja May West-Clarke died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Predeceased by her parents, Claude and Joyce West; and by her brother Laurence.

She is sadly missed by her beloved and doting husband Claude, to whom she was married for almost 44 years, as well as her sisters Patricia, Faith, Carol and Deborah and her brothers Carl, Earl and Bryan.

Claudette was born in the Parish of Saint Andrew on the lovely island of Jamaica. Her family immigrated to Canada in the early 1960s.

Will you go to a garage sale on the long weekend?

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Brrrrr-ave swimmer

Ashley Schultz climbs out of Lake Huron after jumping off the north pier Monday afternoon. She had organized a polar bear jump for her 30th birthday, but was struck by the flu and didn't get to attend her own party. Others did, however, take the plunge on the weekend. Schultz made good for her sponsors by jumping solo while on the mend. THe event raised more than $3,300 for Community Living Kincardine and District. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Municipalities commit $350,000 to Kincardine hospital studies

By Barb McKay


An application to redevelop the Kincardine hospital is closer to being put in the hands of the Ontario Ministry of Health after two municipalities agreed to put a large chunk of money towards the cost.


The Municipality of Kincardine and Township of Huron-Kinloss have agreed to cover most of the cost of technical and architectural studies that are required by the ministry in order for it to consider the latest plan for the Kincardine hospital. During its meeting last Wednesday, Kincardine council agreed to front $300,000 of the estimated $440,000 cost of the studies.


Kincardine welcoming a refugee family

After much work and waiting, The Kincardine Refugee Committee has accepted the first refugee family for the area.

The steering committee last week reviewed and decided to support the application of a family identified as “in high need for resettlement” by the Canadian government.


The family of four fled Iran due to political instability and is in Turkey waiting resettlement. Coming to Kincardine is a mother, 45, and her three adult children. The children, two males and one female, are between the ages of 21 and 24. A male spouse may join them in the coming year. They speak little English.


The steering committee believes that the Kincardine community will provide a warm welcome and a safe environment for the family as it starts a new life in Canada.

Just dance

Grace Dance Academy held rehearsals Saturday morning for the Spring Dance Recital, which will be held on May 14 and May 15.Here, the pre-ballet class dances to My Favourite Things. From left are Liberty Martin, Katie Beddington, Ella Szydlowski, Coraline Henry, Piper Johnson, Evey Booth and Katelyn Edey. Tickets are available for the recital at Penetangear. (Josh Howald photo)

ER doctor to join Kincardine hospital

The Kincardine hospital will be adding a full-time emergency room doctor to its team in September.


The Municipality of Kincardine announced on Thursday that council has approved an agreement with Dr. Anna Czyrny to practice full-time at the Kincardine hospital.


In a media release, Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke said the arrival of Czyrny will provide much needed relief to the Kincardine physicians’ team. Czyrny was hired following recruitment efforts by the Municipality of Kincardine Physician Recruitment Program, which is supported by a partnership that includes Bruce Power and the Town of Saugeen Shores.


Bluewater EA cuts a result of provincial funding adjustments

By Barb McKay


Planned cuts to Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) educational assistant staff is a direct result of reduced funding, according to a board superintendent of education.


Last week, the union representing the educational assistants (EAs) reported that the school board would lay off the equivalent of 23 full-time EAs in September.


Last Wednesday, BWDSB superintendent of education Alana Murray said the board will be eliminating seven full-time positions, reducing its full-time EA staff from 215 to 208 across 50 schools.