February 2017

 Bruce Power urges boaters to use caution near site

Bruce Power is informing boaters of the presence of thermal monitoring stations in the vicinity of the Bruce site, which contain ropes that pose a risk of entangling in propellers.

Bruce Power conducts long-term and continuous monitoring of the thermal water plume from the Bruce A and B outflows in order to determine the extent and duration of the plume, seasonal variations, and to verify that site operations are causing no significant adverse environmental impacts.

There have been 25 monitoring stations deployed since the last fall, and they will remain in place until May, when the current winter stations will be replaced with a summer configuration, where surface marker buoys are used.

The monitoring stations span from McRae Point, south of the Bruce site, to MacGregor Point, to the north. They are deployed between five and 20 metres of depth, close to shore and extend offshore roughly 2.5 kilometres.

 Volunteers step up to save Kincardine fish hatchery

More volunteers needed to run Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby

By Barb McKay

In the wake of concerns that the future of the Kincardine fish hatchery was in jeopardy due to a lack of volunteers, several people have come forward to keep it going.

KTTPS is one of several schools that participates in programs with the Kincardine Fish Hatchery. Students Tony Chen, Ran Hinchberger and Caidance Reyneveld are seen here in this photo from the Independent file archive.


 Storm knocks out power to thousands

A fierce winter storm Sunday evening knocked out power all over Kincardine and beyond.

Hydro One said more than 17,000 customers were left without power on Sunday in 23 separate outages.

Downed power lines due to heavy winds wreaked havoc and sent Kincardine spiralling into darkness.

Wingham, Listowel, Stratford and Port Elgin were all left in the dark.

Power was restored to most area homes before 8 p.m. Sunday, though some residents were without power until Monday morning.

 Few lanes remaining for BBBS Kincardine Bowl for Kids Sake

By Barb McKay

Time is running out to book your lane for the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Kincardine Bowl for Kids Sake.

This year’s fundraiser will be held March 4 and 5 at the Bruce Bowling Lanes. There are just a few late lanes available for teams on Saturday and Sunday is entirely sold out. This is the organization’s largest fundraiser and all the proceeds raised go directly to programs and services in the community. Last year the Kincardine chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary and raised $30,000 through the Bowl for Kids Sake.

“We have 25 teams registered so far – an amazing turnout,” said BBBS of Kincardine office and community co-ordinator Kayla Piekarz. “We are so excited!”

 Midgets, Elmvale left in the dark

Kincardine holds 2-0 series lead

By Josh Howald

Kincardine thought they would have a chance to sweep away the Elmvale midgets Sunday night at home.

Kyle Hunter buries a first period chance during Game 1 of the OMHA midget quarter-finals aganist Elmvale Friday night at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


KDSS teams play in finals

The KDSS junior boys advanced to the BAA FInal Four tournament with a win over Sacred Heart last Wednesday. The senior team, meanwhile, also qualfied with an upset win on the road. The Knights showed up prepared to yesterday's tournament and both won semi-final contests. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 Barons bounce Bulldogs

Season ends Sunday night in Game 6

By Josh Howald

The season is over for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

Curtis Jackson of the Barons drops a Kincardine forward during Game 5 action Saturday night while Hanover goalie Braeden Ellis tracks the puck. (Josh Howald photo)


The Bulldogs were eliminated from the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division playoffs Sunday night at the P&H Centre in Hanover. The Barons knocked Kincardine out with a 5-3 win in Game 6, taking the best-of-seven series 4-2.

"We didn't quit. The players battled right to the end. We just fell short," said rookie head coach Shawn Burrows.

 Atoms off to semi-finals

Three-game sweep of Penetang

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atoms have swept into the OMHA semi-finals.

Kincardine will now face either Parry Sound or Stirling in a provincial semi-final series.

The atom Kinucks wrapped up a three-game sweep of Penetang Sunday on the road. The Kinucks won the series opener 5-2 way back on Feb. 5 in Tiverton and then closed things out with Game 2 and Game 3 victories on the road. Kincardine won Game 2 3-1 on Saturday afternoon and then eliminated Penetang on Sunday afternoon with a convincing 5-1 victory.

Parry Sound is currently up 2-0 on Stirling and will host Game 3 on Friday night. The other quarter-final series have Mt. Brydges trailing Petrolia 2-1 while Ayr and Ingersoll are all tied up at 2-2.

Wolves now need a series comeback

Ripley facing elimination Friday night

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves will be playing for playoff life Friday night.

That remarkable third period comeback the Wolves pulled off in Game 2 didn't crush the spirits of the Petrolia Squires. The Squires bounced back with a 7-3 win in Game 3 of this WOAA Senior AA quarter-final series on Friday night at home. That win gave them a 2-1 series lead heading into Game 4 Sunday afternoon in Ripley.

Brent Sauve scored twice in the third period as the Squires defeated Ripley 3-1 in Game 4. That gives Petrolia a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 Friday night in Petrolia.

 Hockey fundraiser on Saturday

Saturday's fundraising hockey event is quickly approaching.

The OPP issued a reminder last week about the event. A three-team tournament featuring the South-Bruce OPP, the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department and Kincardine District Secondary School will take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Stanley Cup champions Greg Devries and Boyd Deveraux, along with former NHLer Mark Bell, will be on hand to coach the three teams.

The proceeds from the event will go towards combating youth homelessness in our region. Further information about The Push For Change campaign can be found online at www.thepushforchange.com.