March 2017

 Richard Yun named Citizen of the Year at Community Achievement Awards Gala

By Pauline Kerr

The 2017 Community Achievement Awards on Saturday, March 26, ended on an emotional high note, with the audience rising to its collective feet and applauding the choice of Citizen of the Year – “the late and dearly missed” Richard Yun.

Richard Yun was named Bruce Power Citizen of the Year at the Community Achievement Awards Saturday night. Accepting the award on behalf of his father is Michael Yun. Presenting him with the award is Chris Mercanti. For two full pages of photos from this year's awards gala at the Marriott Towne Place Suites don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Pauline Kerr photo)


 Bruce Power worker electrocuted

An unidentified Bruce Power employee conducting electrical maintenance work on Sunday as part of the Unit 5 outage on the non-nuclear side of the plant was taken to hospital after he received an electrical contact.

According to a statement from Bruce Power, the worker was transported to an off-site medical facility and is being treated for injuries. Throughout the response the worker's condition remained stable.

“Bruce Power takes any safety event very seriously and immediate actions have been taken to prevent reoccurrence with other workers carrying out similar work,” said John Peevers, Bruce Power’s Manager of Communications and Media Relations. “Any type of workplace injury that occurs on the site is viewed by Bruce Power as preventable.”

The company has notified the Ministry of Labour and will continue to investigate the matter to obtain all the facts with a focus on prevention and continuous improvement based on this experience.

Fatal crash on 86

A 54-year-old woman from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh was killed in a crash on Highway #86 last Tuesday afternoon.

The South-Bruce OPP responded to reports of a crash between a car and a fuel truck on Bruce County Road 86 in Kinloss Twp. at 3:45 p.m., March 21. Officers arrived with members of the Lucknow Fire Department and Bruce Paramedic Services to find a white Pontiac Vibe and a beige Western truck had been involved in a collision.

The driver of the Pontiac, Diane Maize, was taken to local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. She was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance, where she was pronounced dead.

Members of the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit are assisting the South-Bruce OPP with this incident. The investigation is continuing.

 Computer issue leads to advisory to conserve water in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

A glitch with the Kincardine Water Treatment Plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is the reason behind a request from the municipality for residents in Kincardine and Inverhuron to conserve water last week.

An alert went out to public works staff mid-afternoon on Thursday and an investigation determined that an electrical component of the system had failed. Shamus Anderson, water and wastewater supervisor for the Municipality of Kincardine, told The Independent that all monitoring and control devices remained functional, however the SCADA system was not seeing all the information.

 Kincardine hosts regional builder’s forum for first time

By Barb McKay

Barn fire prevention was a hot topic during the 2017 Builders Forum held Thursday at the Davidson Centre.

This is the first year the Municipality of Kincardine has hosted the forum, organized by the Bluewater Chapter of the Ontario Building Officials Association. Terry Kuipers, chair of the Bluewater chapter, explained that the forum has been held annually since 1991 and different municipalities within the chapter will typically host the event for three consecutive years.

“The purpose is to get information out to our contractors and in turn to our building officials so when they talk to contractors they all have the same information,” he said.

This year’s forum was attended by 134 contractors and municipal building officials from throughout the region and 18 vendors.

Mooretown sweeps midgets

Tough finish for Kincardine in Game 3

By Josh Howald

A storybook season ended in a bit of a nightmare Friday night for the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks.

Mooretown celebrates Bailey Smalls' third period goal in Game 3 of the OMHA finals Friday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


"To sum up Game 3, the result sucked," said Kincardine coach Cory Hamilton on Monday.

Antique bronze for KDSS girls

Knights knocked off in OFSAA semi-final

By Josh Howald

An impressive run by the Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team came to a screeching halt in the OFSAA provincial semi-finals Friday morning.

Alyssa Andrews wins a loose puck during Kincardine's game agasint L'Escale Thursday morning in Stratford at the OFSAA provincial hockey championship tournament. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights have plenty to be proud of - an undefeated regular season, a Bluewater Athletic Association championship and a CWOSSA title. But that is little consolation to the team, which admittedly did not play its best hockey in a 7-5 loss to All Saints Catholic Secondary School of Whitby in an 8 a.m. game Friday morning in Stratford.

Hornets sting Patriots in Game 3

By Josh Howald

The Alliston Hornets had just too much firepower for the Mount Forest Patriots Sunday night.

The Hornets absolutely crushed Mount Forest 8-1 at home in Game 3 of the Provincial Junior Hockey League's North Conference final. Alliston had a chance to sweep the Patriots last night (Tuesday) in Mount Forest. If the Pats survived, they will have to travel to Alliston for Game 5 Friday night.

Games 1 and 2 of this series were close. The Hornets took the series opener 4-2 at home. Mount Forest looked to have Game 2 under control with a 2-1 lead late in the third period, but the Hornets tied the game with 1:29 left in the third period and then won in overtime on a goal from Drake Board.

Game 3 was not close.

 Ripley wins Walkerton Classic

The Ripley Ravens won the 2017 Walkerton District Community School Elementary School girls basketball tournament last week.

Ripley went 3-0 in Walkerton last week to win the WDCS Classic basketball tournament. Back row, from left, coach Dave Quinn, Mercedes McBride, Kate Leppington, Megan Hirst, Abby MacDonald, Desirae MacLennan, Allison Pope and Tegan VanderHoek. Front row is Kenzie Fry, left, and Hannah Gallant. (submitted photo)


Ripley travelled to the tournament Thursday to face Northport School from Port Elgin in its first game. Ripley walked all over Northport in a fast-paced game. The final score was 39-6. In the next game, Ripley’s quick passing was too much for Chesley as the Ravens dribbled to a 27-12 victory.

 OT win gives Radars 3-2 lead

An overtime win on Sunday evening in Petrolia gives the Clinton Radars a chance to win a WOAA Senior AA crown on home ice Friday night.

In the first four games of this championship senior hockey series, the home team came out on top. The Radars finally broke that trend Sunday in Game 5 with an OT victory.

Ryan Murphy scored at 13:08 of the first overtime period to give Clinton a 5-4 win in Game 5. The Radars had forced overtime with a goal from Stefan Salituro with a little more than five minutes remaining in regulation time. Sean Consitt, Tyler Doig and Mike Jarmuth also scored for Clinton. Adam Arsenault, Kraig Wright, Jesse Drydak and Ryan Trottier scored for Petrolia.

Clinton outshot the Squires 43-23 in this game – in which not a single penalty was called. It was a far cry from Game 4 the previous night in Clinton. Game 4 was filled with penalties and saw five different players ejected in a 7-3 Radars win.