May 2017

Well dressed

Taylor Pollard, left, and Danny Skinner were looking sharp and ready for the 2017 Kincardine District Secondary School prom Saturday night at the Kincardine Pavilion. (Barb McKay photo)

Former Kincardine resident appointed to new World Refugee Council

By Barb McKay

Though her roots are undeniably small town, Jessie Thomson’s view of the world and humanity is anything but.

The Kincardine native is a Canadian leader when it comes to humanitarian aid work as senior director of CARE Canada’s Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team, earning her an appointment as a councillor to the newly-formed World Refugee Council. The council was established to build on the New York Declaration, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016 and the process to negotiate a Global Compact on Refugees, being led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees where Thomson began her work with refugees as a volunteer.

The World Refugee Council is chaired by former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy and supported by the Government of Canada.

Water walk

Sharon Manitowabi of Manitoulin Island walks Highway 21 South Monday morning as part of the Water Walk 2017. An Anishinaabe Ceremonial Teaching, the walk honours all water spirits in support of healthy rivers, lakes and oceans. The walk makes stops in Minnesota and Matane, Quebec. For more information, go online to (Josh Howald photo)

 Kincardine hosts OPP Veterans’ conference

By Barb McKay

More than 140 retired Ontario Provincial Police officers and their families descended on Kincardine last week for the annual OPP Veterans’ Association Conference.

The association formed in 1989 and holds a gathering each year in the week following Victoria Day as a way for retired police officers to reconnect and socialize. The Ontario Provincial Police Veterans’ Association is made up of 23 chapters and has more than 1,600 members.

“Policing is like family,” said retired officer Rick Sinnamon, one of this year’s conference organizers. “If you spend 30 years you form a lot of bonds that carry on into retirement.”

Youth mission trip to Haiti strengthens faith

From left, Jenna Franklin, Cailyn McKay, Chelsea Ferguson, Olivia Convay, Danielle McBride and Jill Brown recently returned from Haiti. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Belleville bound!

Eybergen and Fitzgerald off to OFSAA

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen is jumping all over the province.

Eybergen and Liam Fitzgerald were the only two Kincardine District Secondary School athletes to qualify for last week's OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships at the University of Western Ontario in London.

And both qualified for the OFSAA provincial championship meet in Belleville, Eybergen with a first place in junior girls high jump at the OFSAA West meet.

"I'm so pumped up," said Eybergen of the OFSAA berth.

A first place finish in high jump is nothing new for Eybergen. She set a new Bluewater Athletic Association record earlier this season before winning a gold medal at the CWOSSA Track and Field Championships. Both those meets were held at the Davidson Centre track in Kincardine.

 5-0 win for Huron United

Huron United remained unbeaten in SWRSA Premier League soccer action with a 5-0 win over Fergus Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Peter Stoeckli battles for the ball against a Fergus FEDS midfielder Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Stoeckli was named man of the match and scored Huron United's fifth goal of the game. (Josh Howald photo)


Knights ousted in CWOSSA final

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team made the most out of a second chance last week, but had to settle for second best.

Despite being eliminated in the Bluewater Athletic Association semi-finals, the Knights still qualified for the CWOSSA A soccer championship tournament at RIM Park in Waterloo last week.

Kincardine won the opening game of the four-team event, but ran out of steam in the CWOSSA final.

KDSS first met Waterford, and played a brilliant second half according to head coach Watson Morris.

"(The team) maintained their composure and displayed admirable maturity and control in the face of a Waterford team that came unglued both emotionally and defensively," said Morris in an e-mail Friday afternoon.

 Cubs to get a game in tonight?

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs may finally get to open baseball season tonight (Wednesday).

Kincardine pitcher Nate Kramer threw during an intrasquad game Sunday afternoon on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine is scheduled to host the Hanover Hitmen tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Ripley’s Trent Devitt qualifies for international men’s physique competition

By Barb McKay

When Trent Devitt decided to take his love of fitness to the next level, he had no idea just how far it would take him.

It was just three years ago that the Ripley resident decided to increase his fitness level and become competitive. He increased his workouts and modified his diet and in August 2015 competed in the GNC Canfitpro Natural Championship in Toronto and placed fourth in his class. Last July, he placed second at the GNC ALLMAX Natural Classic in Barrie in his men’s physique class.