August 2016

Kincardine-born visual effects artist up for Emmy Award


By Barb McKay

A Kincardine native is living the Hollywood dream after being nominated for one of film and television’s highest honours.

Greg Astles, a senior digital compositor who grew up in Kincardine, has been recognized with an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Visual Effects category for his work on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as a compositing supervisor. This is his first Emmy nomination.

Astles, who lives in Toronto and works for Mr. X Inc., learned last week that his team is up for the award for an episode titled And They Were Enemies.

“I was pretty excited,” he told The Independent in a phone interview last Wednesday. “It’s a big deal.”

The visual effects artist graduated from Kincardine and District Secondary School in 1994 and went on to pursue a career in visual effects after graduating from Seneca College in 1997.

New tanks arrive for hatchery

By Josh Howald

It wasn't quick and it wasn't easy, but the Kincardine Fish Hatchery has two new tanks.

Two new finishing tanks arrived at the fish hatchery Friday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)


A pair of giant finishing tanks arrived in Kincardine on Friday afternoon on a flatbed pulled by a tractor trailer. The tanks, which measure 10-feet by 10-feet by 4-feet and weigh more than 880 pounds each, will eventually be the final stop for hatchery trout before being released into Lake Huron.

Lake Range Drive speed limit to be reduced

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay

Drivers will soon be expected to slow down on Lake Range Drive.

During its meeting last Wednesday night, Huron-Kinloss council made the decision to reduce the speed limit on the road to 60 kilometres per hour on Lake Range Drive. Currently, the speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour, except for a stretch between Concessions 8 and 10 where it is already 60 kilometres per hour.

Residents who live on Lake Range Drive have long been concerned about speeding and failure on the part of some drivers to stop at intersections. On July 8, a collision occurred at Concession 8 when a driver failed to stop at the stop sign. Last July, a serious crash on Lake Range Drive near Snobelen Trail sent three people to hospital, including one by air ambulance to London.

Port Albert man’s 23.78-pound salmon wins Chantry Chinook Classic

By Barb McKay

After fishing in the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby for as long as he can recall, Jordan MacDougall wondered if there was a secret to reeling in the winning catch.

Jordan MacDougall of Port Albert, left, caught the top Chinook salmon of the 33rd annual Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby. The fish weight 23.78 pounds. Here, he collects his prize from Brian Lang of the Lake Huron Fishing Club. (Barb McKay photo)


The Port Albert man’s luck changed this year when he caught the winning fish on the 12th day of the derby. He caught the whopping 23.78-pound salmon on the south side of Point Clark in 70 feet of water.

Cubs alone in first

The Kincardine Cubs are now alone in first place.

That will happen when you rail off 11 straight regular season victories - three in the last week, including one over the second place Mitchell Astros.

The Cubs knocked off the Astros 10-4 Sunday evening at Connaught Park in Kincardine. With the win, Kincardine improved to 16-2 in Thames Valley Senior Baseball League action. That leaves them four points up on the second place Astros. Mitchell is 13-2-2 with one game in hand on Kincardine.

The previous day, the Cubbies were in Byron and ran all over the Forest City Storm 12-2. And last Wednesday at Connaught Park, the Cubs shut out the visiting Hanover Hitmen 9-0.

Swing and a miss

Kincardine had a rough night at the Hanover Raceway last Wednesday night. The midget Cardinals were dumped 21-4 in baseball action. (Josh Howald photo)

Pair of wins for United

Huron United continued to put up results with weekend wins in both Forsyth Cup action and South Western Regional Soccer Men's Premier Division regular season play.

Friday night, the club travelled to Waterloo and posted a 4-3 win to advance into the knockout phase of the Forsyth Cup playdowns.

Local inline programs meet

Owen Sound brought its inline hockey players to Walkerton last Monday night to face off against the youngsters in the Bruce County Ballisticks roller hockey program. The games wrapped up the season for both programs. Bruce County won this game by a 3-1 score. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs open training camp

Training camp has started for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Hopefuls were on the ice Sunday evening for the first time at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Another training camp session was held last night (Tuesday), and the players will be back on the ice again this Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

The team will practice once more, Aug. 16, before it plays its first preseason exhibition game. The Hanover Barons will visit the Davidson Centre next Thursday, Aug. 18, for a 7 p.m. contest. The 'Dogs will host the Wingham Ironmen one week later and then host an exhibition tournament Aug. 28.

Regular season in the Pollock Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League, formerly the Western Junior C  League, does not begin until Sept. 9. The Bulldogs will open the PJHL season Sept. 10 against the Walkerton Hawks at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016



Laura Margaret (Wilkin) MacDonald of Bruce Beach died peacefully at Trillium Court in Kincardine on July 27, 2016, at age 98.


She was predeceased by her husband, the Reverend Dr. R. Douglas MacDonald.


Survived by their children: Mary Ellen (Mike), Rory (Eva Jean), Greta (Stevan) and Angus (Carol) and their families, which include 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.