March 2017

Flipping out

The skate park at the Davidson Centre might be closed for the season but Benn Leggett, left, Zach McCabe and Matt McCable, all 13, found a way to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather last Wednesday. Fog cancelled school buses around the region so many students enjoyed a gorgeous day off school. (Barb McKay photo)

 Province invokes moratorium on electricity disconnects

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government has told utility companies that they cannot disconnect customers this winter, but those in the industry are concerned it may do more harm than good.

Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault issued a letter to electricity and natural gas distributors last Tuesday asking them to voluntarily refrain from disconnecting customers whose bills fall into arrears. Lisa Milne, president of Westario Power, told The Independent that a special board meeting was called and it was agreed that the company would submit to the minister’s request. The following day, however, Thibeault informed utilities that legislation was enacted and a moratorium on disconnections is in effect until April 30. Milne notified the province that Westario would comply.

Milne said the legislation does not address the real problem.

 Historic Holyrood General Store for sale

By Barb McKay

After more than 30 years of business, the iconic Holyrood General Store, known commonly to locals as Miller Mall, is for sale.

Lucy Miller behind the counter at the Holyrood General Store. (Barb McKay photo)


Allan and Lucy Miller are looking towards the next chapter of their lives and decided last week to list the business for sale. On the weekend, the couple celebrated the 31st anniversary of the opening of the general store. Now, they see retirement on the horizon, but only if the business sells.

 Dress your windows in socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Lots of Socks celebration on March 21

By Barb McKay

Last year, one local girl’s idea to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day garnered national attention. This year, organizers plan to take it to the next level.

Community Living Kincardine and District (CLKD) is preparing for the second annual Lots of Socks campaign. The campaign coincides with World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place each year on March 21, as individuals born with Down Syndrome have three copies of their number 21 chromosome, rather than the typical two.

 Community Achievement Award nominees announced

The Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce has released the list of nominees for the 2017 Community Achievement Awards.

The nominees for Bruce Power Citizen of the Year are Lynn Evans, Linda Stanley and Richard Yun. Nominees for the following awards are:

Enbridge Quality of Life Award – Penetangore Wellness, Lake Huron Learning Collaborative and Rick Rock Memorial Golf Tournament.

RBC Golden Apple Award – Joanne Wilson, Stacey Palmer and Janey Campbell.

OPG Environmental Award – Pine River Watershed Initiative Network, Victoria Zambito (7K Trail Challenge) and Brad Kirkconnell.

Jacques Law Youth Programming Excellence Award – Jesse Topp, Melanie Pyke and Jennifer Hunter.

National award for LHFC hatchery program

Cael Conant, left, and Jove Gabor of Cristal MacIntosh's kindergarten class at St. Anthony's School are helping raise salmon for the Lake Huron Fishing Club through a national award-winning initiative. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine man charged after trying to drive wrong way on 401

A 45-year-old Kincardine man is facing impaired driving charges after he was pulled over by Woodstock police while trying to enter Highway 401 the wrong way on Feb. 19.

According to a report from the Woodstock Police Service, an officer on patrol observed a Ford Explorer drive through a red light south bound on Norwich Avenue at Juliana Drive in the City of Woodstock.

The officer followed the vehicle and was shocked to watch as the driver turned eastbound onto the westbound Highway 401 off ramp at Norwich Avenue.   The officer activated the police cruiser’s emergency lights and siren and followed the vehicle, now travelling the wrong way on the westbound 401 off ramp.

Go figure

Alexis Milner skates at the Kincardine Skating Club's annual gala performance at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine Friday evening. A large crowd turned out to see the club's final show of the season. (Josh Howald photo)

 CWOSSA title for junior boys

Kincardine District Secondary School may have come up short in the Bluewater Athletic Association final, but it was all-Knights, all day at the CWOSSA junior boys basketball tournament Friday in Kitchener.

The KDSS junior boys basketball team won a CWOSSA championship Friday. (submitted photo)


The KDSS juniors cruised to a 44-23 win over Emmanuel. Cam Lamont led all Kincardine scorers with 13 points. Justin Van Wodenboerg had seven points for Emmanuel.

Earlier in the day, the Knights had defeated Delhi District Secondary School 44-30 in a semi-final contest. Carson Stevenson had 17 points for KDSS in the win. Dylan Wells had 14 points for DHSS.

OT win gives midgets 2-0 lead

Parry Sound in town for Game 3 Friday

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are a game away from the All-Ontario finals.

Kincardine won Games 1 and 2 of their OMHA semi-finals on the weekend in Parry Sound, and could complete a three-game sweep Friday night on home ice.