August 2016

Mass-ive weekend party

By Josh Howald

More than 280 pipers and drummers marched down Queen St. in Kincardine Saturday night, followed by thousands of fans.

The Saturday night march was the highlight of the 25th annual Gathering of the Bands on the weekend in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


The 25th annual Gathering of the Bands was held Saturday, and received a tremendous response from visiting bands, Scottish music enthusiasts, tourists and locals.

"I don't think it was the biggest one ever, but it was certainly the biggest we have had in eight or nine years," said Norm Annetts, who has helped organize the event since it first started.

Sunset cruise

The tall ships did a sunset cruise on Friday as part of Marine Heritage weekend in Kincardine. For a full page of colour photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Bruce Beach tennis courts vandalized with offensive graffiti

Police are seeking the public’s assistance to lead them to the individual or individuals who caused significant damage to the Bruce Beach tennis courts overnight last Wednesday.

Idiots defaced the Bruce Beach Tennis Courts last week. Contact police if you have any information on who could be responsible. The Kincardine Independent will also offer up a prize package to anybody with information that helps police make an arrest. (Barb McKay photo)


Canadian tour to end Chinese organ harvesting stops in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

Hannah Wang has found safety and security in Canada after a brush with death in her home country of China 13 years ago. Now she is dedicating her life to finding justice for others who she says were not as fortunate.

Wang is a practitioner of the Falun Gong movement – a spiritual discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. The movement began in China in 1999 and now has 100 million followers in more than 100 countries who advocate for freedom of beliefs. It is that fight for freedom, Wang says, that has cost hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens their lives at the hands of a Communist government.


From left, Peter Humble, Sarafina Pagnotta, Joseph Finnie and Graham Mahood welcome the Tall Ship Playfair from the end of the north pier on Friday. For a full page of colour photos from the Marine Heritage Festival, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Knechtel Food Market closing after 30 years

After 30 years of serving Lucknow, Knechtel Food Market is closing its doors, but not because the owners are ready to.

On Friday, owners Brian and Kathy Knechtel posted a notice on Facebook that their landlord, 68687 Ontario Ltd., has notified them of the intention to seek a court order for them to vacate the premises. The Knechtels have until Sept. 1 to pack up the grocery store and move out.

Just out for a stroll

Keller walks from Peterborough to Kincardine

By Josh Howald

Marnie Kellar announced she was going to visit her son and granddaughter in Kincardine.

Marnie Kellar enjoys a visit with granddaughter Peyton after arriving in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


"Ok," she heard back.

"I'm going to walk there. And I'm going to take the scenic route around Lake Simcoe," she added.

She got a puzzled look, but the same response.

"Nobody really believed me until about the day before," said Kellar on Thursday.

Cubs hunt for OBA title this weekend

The Kincardine Cubs will be in Kendal this weekend looking to win another provincial senior baseball championship this weekend.

The Cubs, fresh off winning the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League playoff pennant, won the OBA A tournament last year and the OBA B title in 2014.

The Cubbies will kick off the weekend with a Friday night game against Peterborough.

Puck drops in 10 days

Bulldogs 2-3 in preseason action

By Josh Howald

The puck drops in 10 days, and the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs want to be ready.

Brett Burrows streaks twoard to the Wingham net during the second period of Kincardine's exhibition game with the Wingham Ironmen last week at the Davidson Centre. Burrows had four points for the 'Dogs in a 7-1 win. (Josh Howald photo)


That's one of the reasons Kincardine has had a busier preseason schedule than any other team in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League (formerly known as the Western Junior C League).

Huron United moves on with 4-1 win

Huron United booked a spot in the semi-finals of the David Forsyth Inter-League Cup Friday with a 4-1 win over Inter United of the Kitchener Tri-Cities League.

The game had a frenetic pace from start-to-finish, with neither team having any time to settle on the ball. Consequently, it was the most exciting game of the season both for players and spectators.

Huron United got off to a tremendous start when after just three minutes, Matt Brown fizzed in a free kick from 25 yards. His shot dipped just under the crossbar, beating the keeper with its pace and accuracy.