June 2017

 Municipality urges beachgoers to use walkways at Macpherson Park

By Barb McKay

A section of Macpherson Park, between the boardwalk and the beach has been cordoned off with caution tape while municipal workers fill in gaps between stones along the embankment.

Armour stone was installed along the embankment from the north pier to the washrooms at Dunsmoor Park earlier in the spring to address a problem with erosion along the shoreline that forced the removal of a section of boardwalk. The boardwalk has since been reinstalled and the warm weather has drawn plenty of walkers down to the park.

Material was placed between the stones when the project was being completed but holes have developed in some areas. Caution tape and signage were put up last week as the municipality works to fill the gaps.

Jorie Elliott receives Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarship

Kincardine and District Seconday School (KDSS) graduate Jorie Elliott is one of 10 post-secondary students to receive Hydro One’s 2017 Women in Engineering Scholarship.

The Huron-Kinloss Township resident is currently enrolled in an electrical engineering program at the University of Western Ontario. Recipients of the scholarship not only receive a financial award but also the opportunity work for Hydro One in a paid developmental student placement.

“I am grateful for the financial support of Hydro One through the Women in Engineering Scholarship but more importantly, Hydro One’s commitment to my learning and development as an electrical engineer through my summer position is invaluable,” Elliott said in a media release. “The combination of the two demonstrates the commitment of Hydro One to addressing the gender gap in engineering.”


Taking part in the KDSS Relay for Life last week was, from left, Grace Brousseau, Julia McGregor, Dwight the Knight, Lily Freiberger and Tatiana Bumba. For a full page of photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 New Adventure Passport celebrates Bruce County’s 150th

By Barb McKay

Explore the Bruce is inviting Bruce County residents and visitors to learn a little of the history of the region while they complete their Adventure Passport.

The popular sight-seeing scavenger hunt is in its 13th year and this season the Adventure Passport is unique.

There is a focus on Bruce County’s 150th so we tried to pick stops that have historical significance,” said project co-ordinator Erin Hammond.

 New county brand wins international award

Brice County’s new “Be an Explorer’ brand has won international recognition at the International Association of Business Communicators awards ceremony on May 30. County staff Kara Van Myall and Jill Roote were on hand to accept the award.

“We wanted to develop a brand that encompassed Bruce  County’s soul and spirit, for both our breathtaking county and the organization that calls it home,” said Warden Mitch Twolan. “Having our project recognized with the Award of Excellence - Brand Communications at the recent ceremony is a testament to the successful work and commitment by our Bruce Brand Project Team.

Bruce County CAO Kelley Coulter is proud of the work of staff and Tenzing Communications in the development of the Bruce Brand. “The Be an Explorer messaging and the Bruce star icon really capture Bruce County’s essence while at the same time representing a pathway as we journey into  our future,” Coulter said.

 Eybergen sixth in high jump

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen had an off day, and still ended up sixth in the province.

The Kincardine District Secondary School athlete competed at the OFSAA provincial track and field championship meet in Belleville. She and Liam Fitzgerald were the only two KDSS athletes to advance to both the OFSAA West championship meet and the OFSAA provincial championship event. The junior girls long jump was held on Saturday afternoon.

Eybergen, whose personal best jump this season is 1.66m, passed at the first three heights and entered the mix at 1.5m. She missed her first attempt, but successfully cleared the bar on her second try at it. She did the same thing at 1.55m. She missed all three attempts at clearing 1.6m.

Autumn Biggar from Beamsville handily won the event. Her best jump was 1.76m.

 Cubs win Port Lambton tourney

Also hammer Hanover at home

By Josh Howald

After a couple of false starts, the baseball season has officially arrived for the Kincardine Cubs.

Ryan Fraser drives the ball to left field during a Kincardine rout of the Hanover Hitmen last Wednesday night at Connaught Park. (Josh Howald photo)


The Cubs finally got the regular season started last Wednesday with a lopsided win at Connaught Park, and then went 4-0 on the weekend in Port Lambton to capture a tournament championship.

 Huron United, Walkerton FC play to draw

Two weekend matches on deck

Huron United remains in first place in the SWRSA Premier Men's Soccer League after a 2-2 draw in Walkerton on the weekend.

Huron United and Walkerton FC have a history of playing very close games, and Sunday's game was no exception.

Coach Malcolm Godard said his team struggled to find time and space on a smaller pitch at the Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park in Walkerton.

Huron United did have two great chances to take the lead in the early going, but Walkerton FC keeper Tim Quesnel pulled off two brilliant saves to keep the game scoreless. The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when Walkerton's Robin Taylor unleashed a shot from 30 yards that curled into the top right-hand corner of the net and past the outstretched hand of Aidan Calcutt.

 Something to think about

I left this town 30 years ago and returned four years ago. I have stood silent long enough.

As my uncle Bryan Edden would say, just peeking out from my rock. In my opinion, Kincardine can be compared to Radiator Spring from the movie Cars. Roll up the streets!

The town of Kincardine is classified as a tourist town. What a joke!

The bars in this town close at midnight. This has been going on for years and even occurs on long weekends and during other events such as the fishing derby. The only time this town comes to life is for Scottish Festival. Heads up – not all of us are Scottish and we take holidays not only during that week.

People come to town from Point Clark and from trailer parks by cab only to find out that there is no nightly entertainment and the stores are closed at dusk. So they leave and go to Port Elgin, Southampton, Walkerton and Hanover because the stores there are open until 9 p.m. and the bars are open until 1:40 a.m.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Jamieson “Jamie” Francis Hunter of Malcolm Place Retirement Residence in Kincardine passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the age of 77.


Loving father of Milena Hunter (Mike Avarell) and Allie Hunter.


Missed by his grandchildren Graedon and Mara Avarell.


Fondly remembered by his siblings John Hunter (Betty), Charles Hunter (Judie), Rodger Hunter (Virginia) and Mary Campbell and by several nieces and nephews.


Predeceased by his parents Allan and Catherine (née Bell) Hunter, sister Janice Morris and brother-in-law Bill Campbell.