Brrrrr-ave swimmer

Ashley Schultz climbs out of Lake Huron after jumping off the north pier Monday afternoon. She had organized a polar bear jump for her 30th birthday, but was struck by the flu and didn't get to attend her own party. Others did, however, take the plunge on the weekend. Schultz made good for her sponsors by jumping solo while on the mend. THe event raised more than $3,300 for Community Living Kincardine and District. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Municipalities commit $350,000 to Kincardine hospital studies

By Barb McKay


An application to redevelop the Kincardine hospital is closer to being put in the hands of the Ontario Ministry of Health after two municipalities agreed to put a large chunk of money towards the cost.


The Municipality of Kincardine and Township of Huron-Kinloss have agreed to cover most of the cost of technical and architectural studies that are required by the ministry in order for it to consider the latest plan for the Kincardine hospital. During its meeting last Wednesday, Kincardine council agreed to front $300,000 of the estimated $440,000 cost of the studies.


Kincardine welcoming a refugee family

After much work and waiting, The Kincardine Refugee Committee has accepted the first refugee family for the area.

The steering committee last week reviewed and decided to support the application of a family identified as “in high need for resettlement” by the Canadian government.


The family of four fled Iran due to political instability and is in Turkey waiting resettlement. Coming to Kincardine is a mother, 45, and her three adult children. The children, two males and one female, are between the ages of 21 and 24. A male spouse may join them in the coming year. They speak little English.


The steering committee believes that the Kincardine community will provide a warm welcome and a safe environment for the family as it starts a new life in Canada.

Just dance

Grace Dance Academy held rehearsals Saturday morning for the Spring Dance Recital, which will be held on May 14 and May 15.Here, the pre-ballet class dances to My Favourite Things. From left are Liberty Martin, Katie Beddington, Ella Szydlowski, Coraline Henry, Piper Johnson, Evey Booth and Katelyn Edey. Tickets are available for the recital at Penetangear. (Josh Howald photo)

ER doctor to join Kincardine hospital

The Kincardine hospital will be adding a full-time emergency room doctor to its team in September.


The Municipality of Kincardine announced on Thursday that council has approved an agreement with Dr. Anna Czyrny to practice full-time at the Kincardine hospital.


In a media release, Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke said the arrival of Czyrny will provide much needed relief to the Kincardine physicians’ team. Czyrny was hired following recruitment efforts by the Municipality of Kincardine Physician Recruitment Program, which is supported by a partnership that includes Bruce Power and the Town of Saugeen Shores.


Bluewater EA cuts a result of provincial funding adjustments

By Barb McKay


Planned cuts to Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) educational assistant staff is a direct result of reduced funding, according to a board superintendent of education.


Last week, the union representing the educational assistants (EAs) reported that the school board would lay off the equivalent of 23 full-time EAs in September.


Last Wednesday, BWDSB superintendent of education Alana Murray said the board will be eliminating seven full-time positions, reducing its full-time EA staff from 215 to 208 across 50 schools.


For the birds

Mark Nash of the Canadian Falconry Foundation was at Huron Heights Public School last week to educate students about the Peregrine Falcon. His assistant Nono is a three-year-old Falcon. (Barb McKay photo)

Body fished from Lake Huron

By Josh Howald

A body discovered floating in Lake Huron off the shore of MacGregor Point last Monday, May 2, has been identified as a 53-year-old Toronto man.

Jim Armstrong was reported missing in the Municipality of Saugeen Shores on March 10, 2016.

Last Monday, the South-Bruce OPP were notified of a body in the water at the MacGregor Point Provincial Park in Saugeen Twp. Officers attended the scene and removed the body from the lake with help from members of the Saugeen Shores Fire Department.

The Kincardine Independent welcomes local cartoonist

The Kincardine Independent is proud to introduce a new feature to our editorial pages.


Tiverton native and graphic artist Brian Roppel will be creating local cartoons for our editorial section based on issues related to local current events and issues that impact our communities.


For his first editorial cartoon, Roppel, a recent graduate of Sheridan College, focused on the issue of cuts to Bluewater District School Board educational assistant staff, while the number of births in the region continues to increase annually and kindergarten enrollment is rising.


Richards leads four onto 'Dogs Wall of Fame

Three players and 20-year volunteer honoured at banquet

By Josh Howald

Bob Richards never played hockey, but he has always been a Kincardine Bulldog.

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs added four to the team's Wall of Fame Saturday night at the team's annual awards banquet. From left are Bob Richards, Gerrit Satosek, Shawn Moore and Matthew Mah. (Josh Howald photo)


Richards officially retired from his constantly evolving position with the local Junior C team at the end of the season - his 20th year with the 'Dogs. He has been there from the start, and Saturday night he was honoured by the team with a Wall of Fame recognition.