October 2017

Kayaker aims to be first to circumnavigate Great Lakes

By Barb McKay

Traci Lynn Martin began her journey of circumnavigating the Great Lakes in a kayak to achieve a dream but also to encourage others to reach for theirs. Now, those who she sought to inspire have become her driving force.

Travi Lynn Martin, second from right, stopped at the north end of Kincardine last week on her journey around Lake Huron in a surf ski kayak. With her are George and Christine Schiestel, her hosts in Kincardine, and travel companions Marv Kuziel and Bill Noble. (Barb McKay photo)

No more flying lanterns in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

Flying lanterns are now prohibited in the Municipality of Kincardine.

Municipality of Kincardine Fire Chief Kent Padfield presented revisions to the municipal open air burning bylaw and the sale and use of fireworks bylaw during Kincardine council’s meeting last Wednesday. Padfield said he studied the bylaws of several other municipalities throughout the province and made revisions to reflect best practices.

Business survey highlights strengths and weaknesses in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

A recent survey indicates that businesses are operating successfully in Kincardine, but there is room for improvement.

The business survey, completed by Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation (Bruce CFDC), with the Municipality of Kincardine, Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce and the Kincardine BIA, was completed over a period of five weeks – from mid-May until late June.


It was easy to be thankful for where we live Sunday evening at the Lake Huron shoreline. All kinds of people were out to enjoy another gorgeous sunset (Josh Howald photo)

Township looks to recover costs from Ripley lagoon operation from vehicle owner

Huron-Kinloss council briefs

By Barb McKay

The township will look to recoup the costs of a recovery operation at the Ripley lagoon from the owner of a stolen car that was retrieved from the water.

Ripley-Huron Fire Chief Chris Cleave provided Huron-Kinloss council with a report of the incident during its meeting last Monday evening. The fire department was called out to the lagoon on Park Street to assist the South Bruce OPP around 2 a.m. on Sept. 25 where police were responding to a call that a vehicle had driven into the water.

Wolves open with big win over Winterhawks

Late goal gives Wolves 2-1 victory

By Josh Howald

What would Hockey Day in Kincardine be without a Ripley Wolves game?

Jason Hamilton denies Brent McDermind on this first period scoring chance in a 2-1 Ripley win Saturday in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Bulldogs beat Penetang on Hockey Day

One would think with all of the waiting around the Penetang Kings did on Saturday they would have been prepared for a Provincial Junior Hockey League interleague game against the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs.

But it was the Bulldogs who struck first, and ultimately won this game, played Saturday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. This game followed the Senior AA game between Ripley and Saugeen Shores and was the day's grand finale.

Volleyball team wins a pair

D. Thompkins of the Kincardine District Secondary School killed this shot against Saugeen District last week at the high school. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Lauraine Martha Ann (née Husk) Bock of Kincardine passed away at Victoria Hospital in London on Oct. 1, 2017, in her 80th year.


Beloved wife of Douglas “Doug” Bock, and married for 55 years.


Dear mother of Steven (Nancy) Bock and David (Kelly) Bock.

 Dying with assistance

Dear Editor,

Kudos to Handbags for Hospice for raising $136,000 towards the Huron Shore Hospice which is soon to open. Palliative care is an “essential” service for many who wish the option for end of life care.  I did note a phrase in Kincardine’s The Independent: an article by Barb McKay describing the successful event which caused me concern. It reads as follows, “At present, our doctors have limited options for end-of-life care and have identified hospice as a definite gap in service for our community.”

My concern/fear, as it relates to end of life care, is that there is not an established protocol in Kincardine and area for those of us who wish a medically-assisted death.We tend not to make this decision until catastrophic illness has found us; it is then that we must consider the options available.Advance directives have yet to be considered and death must be eminent, but hopefully, these limited criteria will be expanded in time.