July 2017

 Joe Louis Walker to headline Blues Festival

By Josh Howald

Dozens of acts will take to various stages this weekend in Kincardine, but the Festival's headline act this year is certainly Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker.

Walker will headline Saturday night on the main stage. And there will be no mistaking him for anyone else. His distinctive voice and unique style will stand out from the other acts, even on a card as talented as this year's lineup is.

That comes with more than 50 years of experience honing his craft on stage. He took some time Friday afternoon to speak with The Kincardine Independent from his home in upstate New York.

"I'm looking forward to coming back up to Canada," said the four-time Blues Music Award winner.


The Ontario Sailing Association held the annual BOOM mobile sailing school, hosted by the Kincardine Yacht Club,  last week. For more, don't miss this week's print editiono f THe Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Kincardine’s new CAO is on the job

By Barb McKay

After just one day on the job the Municipality of Kincardine’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Sharon Chambers, was already getting immersed in her role by attending her first council meeting.

Chambers, who came to Kincardine after serving as CAO for North Huron, officially started her new job last Tuesday. She takes over from Murray Clarke, who retired at the end of June.

Mayor Anne Eadie welcomed Chambers to the municipality before the council meeting got underway. She pointed out that the new CAO has experience working in municipal government for two rural municipalities and said she is looking forward to her experience and enthusiasm. Chambers has 24 years of experience working in multiple municipal departments.

 Numerous charges for Huron Twp. man

A 31-year-old man from Huron Twp. is facing a number of charges after police stopped a black Ford pick-up truck on Charles St. in Kincardine July 4.

At 7:42 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer stopped the pick-up truck on Charles St. The driver refused to co-operate, and had been drinking.

Eventually, the man was charged with impaired operation, refusing a breath sample, obstructing a peace officer, driving with no ignition interlock, driving with no insurance, driving with no valid permit and driving with liquor readily available.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 9 to answer to the charges.

 Sophie Hotchkiss wins 2017 Women’s Triathlon

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s Sophie Hotchkiss overcame a rough swim to pull out front of her fellow competitors and win the 2017 Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.

Sophie Hotchkiss won Saturday's Women's Triathlon in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)


A total of 450 women from across Canadatook part in the triathlon, duathlon and relay events in Kincardine on Saturday morning. The triathlon kicked off at 9 a.m. with a 375 metre swim from Station Beach, followed by a 12-kilometre bike ride and a three-kilometre run, ending in Reunion Park. The duathlon event includes the run and cycling portions of the event.

Hotchkiss, 20, had a difficult start in the water but quickly made her way from third place to first on the bike and led the race for the duration. She crossed the finish line with a time of 43:37.

 Scoreless draw for Huron United

A bizarre scoreless draw on the road Sunday ended a very strange week for Huron United.

Kincardine's Southwest Men's Premier Soccer League club started the week with a default win last Monday when Orangeville Athletic B was unable to put a team on the field. Friday, Huron United travelled to Kitchener to play the Predators in Forsyth Cup action and was losing 2-1 after 40 minutes when the game was called due to lightning. That game will be replayed at a future date.

Then Sunday, Huron United completely dominated the Madmen in Shelburne but just couldn't find the back of the net. The visitors had 20 or more opportunities to score but failed to capitalize. Time after time, free headers from six yards out sailed high or wide, 1-on-1's with the keeper were hit straight at the goalie and assorted individual efforts were placed off target or directly at the Shelburne keeper.

 Three win weekend for Cubs

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs moved into a tie for first place overall in the Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League with a three-win weekend.

Nate Kramer walks off the hill after pitching himself out of a jam against Listowel on Sunday at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine bats were hot Friday night in Komoka as the Cubs ripped the London Area Angels 19-7.

Sunday, the Cubbies hosted two games at home - one against the Lucan Irish Nine and one against the league leading Listowel Legionnaires.

 Work to finally begin on Kincardine tennis courts

By Barb McKay

A contract has been awarded for repairs to the Kincardine tennis courts.

During its meeting last Wednesday, the Municipality of Kincardine council agreed to award the project tender to Multiple Enterprises Inc. of Chesley, which submitted the lowest bid of $80,309. Three companies bid on the project, which has a budget of $130,000.

The municipality also plans to take four core samples of the sink hole in the courts this month and expects to have the results before the work on the courts is complete.

*New washrooms will be built at the Kincardine marina.

 BSP needs your help

Bluewater Summer Playhouse (BSP) was founded 24 years ago as a Kincardine tourist attraction and remains the only professional theatre in Bruce County.

From the beginning, we have shared thousands of performances with our community. However, our impact goes well beyond individual performances. We have employed over 60 summer students over the years; this provides local students, who have a passion for theatre, an opportunity to learn from theatre professionals and earn important summer income. We also operate a summer drama camp for up to 50 youth aged 6-12 years per year. This helps our local youth develop live performance skills, confidence and a love of the arts.

Wednesday,July 12, 2017


Beverley “Bev” Clare Bryant of Kincardine passed away suddenly at home on Thursday, July 6, 2017, in his 80th year.

Cherished husband of Diane Bryant (née Meharry) of Kincardine.

Beloved father of Tony (Trish) Bryant of Alabama, Todd (Lori) Bryant of Michigan and Cynthia Bryant of Kincardine. Loving grandfather of Danielle and Benjamin.

Dear brother of Betty Freeman of Alliston. Missed by nephews Seth Freeman, Brett Freeman and their families.

Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Janet Bryant.

Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017. A Masonic Service was held at 2 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Life at 2:30 p.m.