December 2016

Local golfer acquires Ainsdale

Candlers acquire course from Mackay family

By Josh Howald

Ainsdale Golf Course has been sold to Charles and Taylor (nee Schmidt) Candler.

"It's always been a dream for both of us to own a course," said Taylor Candler in a phone interview last week. "Right now we are both working long hours, but it's apart. We figured it would be nice to be able to do it together."

Candler is a graduate of Kincardine District Secondary School who played at Oklahoma University on an NCAA golf scholarship. She is a familiar face to those on the local golf scene, and is looking forward to returning back home. She met husband Charles on the golf course and married last summer. Their infant son Wyatt is a big reason for the change of venue. Currently, the Candlers are working at a golf course in Wichita.

 Knights knock off Owen Sound 5-2

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team kicked off the season with a 5-2 win last Tuesday afternoon on home ice.

KDSS scores a third period goal last Tuesday afternoon against Saugeen District. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights were in control of this contest against Saugeen District Secondary School at the Davidson Centre from start to finish.

Maddie Beishuizen paced the KDSS offence with a goal and three assists. Laura Fohkens scored a pair of goals for KDSS, while Maddie McBride and Alyssa Andrews each scored once. Alice Thorpe and Abby McCormick also had assists in the win.

 Knights go winless in Timmins

By Josh Howald

All good things must come to an end.

And the season came to an end for the Kincardine District Secondary School girls basketball team on Friday in Timmins at the OFSAA provincial championship tournament.

The Knights went 0-3 at the Ontario high school hoops tourney against some top-notch competition.

The Bluewater Athletic Association and CWOSSA champions made the long trip to Timmins to open against the #7 seeded Nicholson Catholic College Thursday afternoon.

KDSS was seeded #13 in the 20-team tournament of champions. The Knights hung tough against Nicholson, and trailed by just one point at the half, but were outscored 19-12 in a wide-open fourth quarter and were defeated 40-33. Georgia Fields was Kincardine's top scorer in this game with eight points.

Split with the league leaders

`Dogs face Walkerton and Mitchell again this weekend

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs knew they had a tough weekend in store for them. It had a tough start, but a nice finish as the third place 'Dogs split games with the two teams ahead of them in the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Pollock Division standings.

Brett Burrows finds Keegan McLelland for a second period goal Saturday night at home against the Mitchell Hawks. (Barb McKay photo)


After a 5-1 beating Friday night at the hands of the first -place Walkerton Hawks, Kincardine bounced back neatly with a 4-1 win at home Saturday night over second place Mitchell.

CWOSSA silver for junior boys

It was a silver season for the Kincardine District Secondary School junior boys volleyball team.

The Knights saved their best volleyball of the season for when it mattered - at the CWOSSA A Volleyball Championship tournament in Waterford on Nov. 17. Kincardine won all three preliminary round matches at CWOSSA. KDSS defeated Valley Heights High School 25-12, 25-18, Rockway Mennonite College 25-18, 23025, 16-14 and Emmanuel Christian High School 25-14, 25-21.

The moved KDSS into the CWOSSA championship game, where they would have a rematch against Rockway Mennonite. KDSS started strong in the first set, but coughed up the lead at the end of the game and dropped a 26-24 decision. Kincardine stormed back in the second set to win 25-21. Unfortunately, the Knights came up short in the third and final set and dropped a 15-7 final. However, the team had reached the goal it had set at the start of the season (which was to compete for a CWOSSA championship).

Shane wins home game

Les Shane won a local battle last Wednesday night at the Kincardine Curling Club, but it looks like both Kincardine rinks have lost the war.

Shane's BDO Dunwoody rink defeated Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink 6-4 in one of two Major Curling League games played in Kincardine.

The other saw Steve Gregg's Merit Insurance team pick up a 9-6 win over Mike Hamer.

The Kincardine results leaves Milburn with a 1-5 record and Shane at 2-4.

eanwhile in Tara, Don Bartley and Wade Walsh both picked up wins to clinch the third and fourth A Division playoff spots with 4-2 records. Bartley beat Al Hutchison 8-3, while Walsh knocked off Jeff Thomson 7-5.

Those four rinks - Bartley, Hutchison, Thomson and Walsh now all have four wins each. With just one regular season game to be played tonight (Wednesday), the two divisions have been settled.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Gary Holden O’Neil of Inverhuron passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in his 87th year.

He was born on the O’Neil homestead in Oldcastle, Ontario, to Clyde and Mildred (née Holden) O’Neil on Oct. 20, 1930.

An eternal optimist, many referred to Gary as the happiest man they knew. His laugh and his humour was loud and infectious. He attended Kennedy Collegiate and was an active athlete. A big southpaw with a nasty slider, he proved himself a winning pitcher and achieved media notoriety while playing AKO football.

With a wife and small child, he attended the University of Windsor to achieve a business degree. His early career included Murphy Tobacco and Canadian Customs then he went on to a lengthy sales and management career in both pharmaceuticals and electronics. He was a hobbyist and filled his time with woodworking, barbershop, squash and jogging.

Good Samaritans

Early Monday, Nov. 21, I got out of my car at the TD Bank with an envelope containing over $400 which I was going to deposit. Suddenly, the strong winds tore my envelope and I was stunned to see $20 bills blowing under parked cars and down the road towards Sutton Park and across to Rexall and beyond.

As I tried to gather my wits (I wasn’t having much luck getting my hands on the money), Lynn Maurer came along. She began telling people what had happened while I was trying to chase down a few stray bills under her direction. By now most were spread far and wide.

Soon several people began coming up to me and handed me one or two bills at a time. I’m sorry I didn’t get their names. But there was one lady who kept coming over numerous times so I was able to ask who she was. Both Monica and her husband Harry kept searching further and further out, despite my protestations that they were long gone. They found more money near Jean’s and across the road.

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