July 2016

Saberhagen enjoys Kincardine camp

Former World Series MVP at Connaught Park for KMBA camp

By Josh Howald

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen spent a couple of days in Kincardine last week at the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association's Baseball Camp. He and NCAA coach Mark Brew put youngsters through the paces last Wednesday and Thursday at Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Bret Saberhagen with Port Elgin's Lucas McCulloch, 9 after Wednesday's training session at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Huron United hosts IST Sunday


Huron United will be back on the pitch Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

IST, from Orangeville, will be in town for a 3:30 p.m. start in South West District Premier League soccer action. It should be a dandy of a match, as IST and Huron United are battling for first place overall in the Premier League.

Huron United heads into the game in first place overall with a 6-1-1 record. ITC, meanwhile, is just two points back of the locals with a 5-2-1 record.

Huron United will be well rested for Sunday's match. The club was scheduled to play on Thursday evening, but the opposition forfeited the result. Huron United hasn't played a game since July 10.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Frank Matthew Gemmell sadly passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.


Left to mourn are his wife Alison Gemmell (formerly Decker); step-daughter Rachel Decker and her husband Donald Kellar and their twins, Matthew and Grace; step-daughter Kathryn Decker and her husband Michael Malleson and their daughter Nicola; and his Westie dog, Tammy.


Also mourned by sister Anne (Ken) Smith; niece Whitney Smith and her husband Justin Ing and their daughter Amelia; sisters-in-law Hilary (Andy) Vavasour and Rosalind (George) Gray and their families.


See no evil

Surprise, surprise! The Kincardine tourist booth is going out on the highway.

Team Kincardine (Chamber of Commerce, BIA and Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation) pushed the municipality long and hard for a downtown space (at taxpayers’ expense, of course).

Well, in March, 2014, the Team got its way. Council at the time (many of whom were re-elected) listened to Team Kincardine and rented space downtown to be shared by the tourist booth and Team Kincardine. Council, of course, paid no attention to the many citizens who were against the move.

If you read last week’s newspaper, there was indication that a mistake had been made, that a great deal of time and money had been wasted. A classic case, I suppose, of hear no evil, see no evil.

If successive councils did their homework instead of listening to pressure groups such as Team Kincardine, the municipality could provide better services at less cost.

Eric Howald

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Runners charge off the start line at the Kincardine Women's Triathlon Saturday at Reunion Park. A total of 450 women registered for the event. (Barb McKay photo)

Residential hospice coming to Kincardine

Duncan Hawthorne honorary chair of fundraising campaign

By Barb McKay

Planning is underway to open a residential hospice in Kincardine.

Huron Shores Hospice will offer compassionate, dignified and holistic end-of-life care in a home-like setting. Efforts began three years ago by a volunteer steering committee made up of local residents Peggy Zeppieri, Cheryl Cottrill and Joan Eaglesham, and after a great deal of research and site visits to several hospices across southwestern Ontario, a business plan is complete and will be submitted to the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) this month.

“This is about enhancing what services are already here in the community,” Cottrill said.

Manary Senior of the Year

Don Manary accepts Senior of the Year award from mayor Anne Eadie last week. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine visitor centre to move

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine will explore new locations for its visitor information centre.

The municipality is currently in a three-year sub-lease agreement at 777B Queen Street, sharing the space with the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce and the Kincardine BIA. The agreement is set to expire in April 2017, prompting municipal council to examine what the best solution would be to offer visitor services.

Refugee family here in two weeks

Kincardine’s first refugee family is set to arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Wednesday, July 27.

Rev. Kathy Fraser of Knox Presbyterian Church said Sunday that the Kincardine Refugee Committee’s welcoming committee met Friday evening and that the other subcommittees will be meeting this week to make sure everything is ready for the new family.

A member of the committee, Ayman Faddah, has already spoken to the Iranian family and it is excited about coming to Canada.