April 2017

Alliston trails Panthers 2-1

Trenton and Milton meet again in OJHL final

The Alliston Hornets trail the Port Hope Panthers 2-1 in the OHA Schmalz Cup semi-finals.

Each team has won at home, and Alliston will try to tie this Provincial Junior Hockey League series up tonight (Wednesday) in Game 4 at the New Tecumseth Rec Centre in Alliston at 7:30 p.m.

Game 5 is Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Port Hope.

The other semi-final series has the Essex 73's up 3-1 on the defending Schmalz Cup champions from Ayr. Essex doubled up the Centennials 4-2 last night.

Game 5 of that series is in Ayr tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

Ontario Junior Hockey League

The Trenton Golden Hawks will meet the Georgetown Raiders in a rematch of last year's OJHL championship series.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Ronald “Ron” John Cameron of Kincardine passed away suddenly in Lakeland, Florida, on March 28, 2017, with his loving wife by his side, at the age of 70.


Beloved husband of JoAnn (nee Wayland) for almost 50 years, sadly falling shy by a mere 18 days.


Cherished father to Lisa (Ken) Holmes of Kingston and Rona-Jo (Adam) Peters of Cambridge.


Left to mourn his passing are his five grandchildren: Steven Holmes of Ottawa, Melissa Holmes of Toronto and Hugh, Hayden and Maisy Peters of Cambridge.


Congratulations, Rosie

“Behind every success is effort.

Behind every effort is passion.

Behind every passion is someone with the courage to try.”

That someone is Kincardine’s own Rosie Laidler. Her effort and passion have turned into two medals for skating from the Special Olympics in Austria.

Hats off to Rosie! Congratulations from everyone.

Catherine Hopkins, Kincardine

Goose on the loose

Andy Kruzinski herds a goose away from Queen St. traffic Thursday. The goose did honk before attempting to cross the main drag. (Barb McKay photo)

 Fundraising for hospice underway

By Barb McKay

The Huron Shores Hospice has received its charitable status number, which means that fundraising efforts can officially get underway.

The hospice steering committee has already been working steadily towards its fundraising goal of $310,000 to open a one-bed hospice suite at Tiverton Park Manor and is already a little more than half way there thanks to corporate donations and a $50,000 donation from honorary chair Duncan Hawthorne and his wife Lesley.

Obtaining its charitable status will now allow Huron Shores Hospice to provide tax receipts, which means it can ramp up its community fundraising efforts.

“We’ve been very fortunate and we haven’t reached out that far yet,” said committee member Cheryl Cottrill. “The community has been supporting us before we’ve really even made the ask.”

 Laidler wins bronze in Austria

By Barb McKay

Kincardine figure skater Rosie Laidler brought home a bronze medal from the Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Austria late last month.


Rosie Laidler with her World Winter Games medals.


Laidler competed on March 23 in Level 5 free skate and placed third out of six competitors. She had butterflies leading up to her performance but managed to quell them by the time she stepped onto the ice.

“It felt good,” she said. “I was nervous, but the head coach calmed me down and I tried to calm myself down.”

 Bruce Power worker recovering, investigation ongoing

A Bruce Power employee who was electrocuted while working onsite last Sunday is recovering from his injuries.

The company reported last Wednesday that the unidentified man has been released from hospital and is resting at home. The man was injured last week while conducting electrical maintenance work as part of the Unit 5 outage on the non-nuclear side of the plant.

The Ministry of Labour is investigating the incident.

“The investigation continues in order to obtain all the relevant facts with a focus on prevention and continuous improvement based on this experience,” John Peevers, Bruce Power’s Manager of Communications and Media Relations, said in an email to The Independent.  “We have resumed electrical work on site, however, a number of interim safety enhancements have been put in place until the results of the investigation are known.”

Patiently waiting

The ice and snow has all disappeared from the Kincardine harbour and Station Beach. (Josh Howald photo)

 Boil water notice issued for Russell Street subdivision

Residents living in the area of Kincardine adjacent to St. Anthony’s School were asked to boil their water on Saturday as a precaution after public works crews discovered a valve leak at Wallace and Palmateer.

According to a report from Public Works Director Adam Weishar, crews were repairing a system leak out front of St. Anthony’s School when they encountered a secondary leak that required immediate repair. In order to make the repair, properties in the area of Palmateer Drive, Johnson Crescent and Hunter Street were placed on a temporary feed for much of the afternoon and evening Saturday. Low water pressure was expected while the repairs were being made.

“The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has requested we place a precautionary boil water advisory due to the loss of pressure in the system in the affected area only,” Weishar said.

Municipal, county officials make Ontario Sunshine List

Six senior managers with the Municipality of Kincardine made this year’s Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure list.

The annual report, more commonly known as the Sunshine List, makes public the salaries of taxpayer funded institution and organization employees who earn an annual salary of more than $100,000. The 2017 report includes salaries earned in 2016.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Murray Clarke was the highest earner with the Municipality of Kincardine last year with a salary of $185,000. Top level staff who also earned six-figure salaries included Director of Building and Planning Michele Barr, Clerk Donna MacDougall, Treasurer Roxana Baumann, Director of Parks and Recreation Karen Kieffer and Fire Chief Kent Padfield who each earned between $108,000 and $111,000.

At the Township of Huron-Kinloss, only CAO Mary Rose Walden and Public Works Director Hugh Nichol made the list with salaries of $135,000 and $104,000 respectively.