May 2017

 Christopher Pennington honoured by Kidney Foundation for fundraising efforts

By Barb McKay

A Kincardine boy has been recognized by the Ontario Kidney Foundation for his work to raise awareness about kidney disease and thousands of dollars to help find a cure.

At just 12 years old, Christopher Pennington knows a lot about challenges. A diagnosis of kidney disease in 2015 has put limitations on what has always been a very active lifestyle. Christopher is a skilled athlete and now must avoid contact sports. He plays net in hockey to limit the chance of injury and in the summer plays baseball as a pitcher. But his compromised immune system often takes him out of the games.

 Police fail to track down O'Neill

By Josh Howald

Huron-Kinloss looked a little like a war zone Thursday.

Cst. Tom Lang of the OPP Helicopter Unit takes off from Kincardine Airport late Thursday morning to join in the hunt for Glen O'Neill in Huron-Kinloss. (Barb McKay photo)


But dozens of police officers, dogs and even helicopters were unable to track down 29-year-old Glen O'Neill.

As of press time Monday afternoon, O'Neill remained at large, wanted on four counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited and two counts of possessing a weapon.

 Kincardine hires new CAO

Township of North Huron Chief Administrative Officer Sharon Chambers will leave her current role to take over the top job at the Municipality of Kincardine.

Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie made the announcement last Wednesday night that Chambers is the successful candidate to take over for CAO Murray Clarke, who is retiring at the end of June. Chambers was chosen from 47 candidates and will begin her new job on July 4.

“We are pleased that the community has been able to attract someone of Sharon’s calibre in this very important leadership role and we all look forward to her joining our organization with our excellent senior leadership team and dedicated staff members,” Eadie said in a statement.

Chambers has 24 years of experience working in local government, which included working in multiple municipal departments where she gained direct knowledge of many aspects of municipal operations.

Crowds turn out to support Hike for Hospice event

By Pauline Kerr

The goal of providing compassionate, holistic end-of-life care close to home for Kincardine and area residents is thousands of steps closer to realization after the weekend's Hike for Hospice event.

Cheryl Cottrill, chair of the organizing committee, announced the hike surpassed the fundraising goal.

"The final tally from the walk is $12,127.45. We are thrilled with the community support for the hospice project.”

An estimated crowd of about 100 people (and quite a few of their canine friends) took to the Kincardine trail system and the outdoor track at the Davidson Centre on Sunday to raise funds for hospice and palliative care. All funds raised at the event will remain in the community.

 Community donations bring food bank back from brink

By Barb McKay

Two weeks ago, the cupboards at the Kincardine food bank were nearly bare.

But last Thursday, the Anglican Church of the Messiah, which houses the food bank, was a flurry of activity as volunteers hustled to unload truckloads of boxes filled with non-perishable food items purchased with donations from the community.

Garrett McFadden Named OHL Humanitarian of the Year

By Josh Howald

The awards keep rolling in for Garrett McFadden. And while he should be proud of all his hardware, his latest honour is one this whole community can take pride in.

Garrett McFadden will be speaking at the Kincardine Public Library June 11 at 2 p.m. (Independent file photo/Josh Howald)


Last Wednesday, the Ontario Hockey League announced McFadden would be the recipient of the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the OHL's Humanitarian of the Year.

"Obviously it's a big honour," said the 19-year-old Sunday night.

Eybergen sets new high jump record

KDSS athletes fare well at BAA meet - CWOSSA today and tomorrow in town

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen may not be real chatty, but the girl can jump like crazy.

Belle Wilson jumper her way to a third place finish in senior girls long jump. For a full page of photos from the BAA meet, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Eybergen set a new record in junior girls high jump last week and led the Kincardine District Secondary School girls to an overall team title at the Bluewater Athletic Association Track and Field Championships at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Cubs open at home 2 p.m. Sunday

Kincardine to play in new Midwestern League

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs will have a new league to try to conquer this summer.

The Cubbies, who have won provincial championships at three different levels over the last four seasons, will play in the newly-formed Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

Most of the teams from the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League are also making the move to the new league as the Thames League was taken over by other London-based teams. Nearly every team from the TVSBL will make the move to the Midwestern Ontario Senior League this season. The Listowel Legionnaires, the Mitchell Astros, the Hanover Hitmen, the Ingersoll Blue Jays, the Woodstock Nationals, the St. Thomas Cardinals, the London Area Angels, the Lucan Irish Nine and the Byron Storm will all make the shift.

KDSS dumped in overtime of semi-final

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team scored two second-half goals to defeat John Diefenbaker Secondary School in a quarter-final playoff game Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre.

Will Sharpe dances around a JDSS defender last Thursday at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


The Knights controlled much of the play in the first half of this Bluewater Athletic Association elimination contest, but couldn't find the back of the net. They did concede some scoring chances to the Trojans, however, but keeper Kyle Hunter kept this game scoreless with some aggressive netminding.

 Huron United opens with 3-2 win

It wasn't pretty, but Huron United kicked off the 2017 soccer season with a victory on the weekend.

The Kincardine men's soccer team began defending a SWRSA Premier League Championship at the Davidson Centre against Shelburne. And it didn't begin well for the home side.

The Shelburne Madmen took a surprise lead just 27 seconds into this match. Electing to play into a strong wind in the first half, a cross from the right wing into the six-yard box was only partially cleared by David Miller, and a Madmen forward was first to the ball and bundled it over the line.

Perhaps because it was the opening game of the season, or possibly because Shelburne didn't allow Huron United any time or space with the ball, but last year's champs looked decidedly shaky out of the gate.