Where will Wolves wind up?

Ripley's final WOAA weekend sees Fish, Winterhawks

By Josh Howald

With two games left in the regular season, the Ripley Wolves know they will have home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs – and little else.

The Wolves were downed 2-1 by the Durham Thundercats in a shootout on the weekend, and currently occupy fourth place overall in the WOAA Senior AA North Division with 27 points and a 13-8-0-1 record. Ripley - with a Friday night home game against Shelburne and a Saturday night tilt in Port Elgin – could finish second, third or fourth in the standings. Friday night’s opponent - Shelburne – had a three point lead on the Wolves while Saugeen Shores holds a two-point lead on the Wolves. Essentially, Saturday night’s game will mean something, anyways, in terms of positioning.

Hawks will fly by bye

Walkerton gives Kincardine an opening round pass

By Josh Howald

Before the regular season has ended, Kincardine can say ‘Bye!’ to a first-round playoff opponent.

Kincardine peppered Hanover goalie Jake Ireland with 43 shots in a 7-1 weekend win. (Richard Lawson photo)


The Walkerton Hawks will say thanks, but no thanks, to the bye offered to the Western Junior C League’s regular season champs. The Hawks will instead choose to face the 1-33-1 Goderich Sailors in an opening round match-up that may already be over. That leaves second place Kincardine with the same choice.

Hundreds skate into Ripley

Weskate makes its first ever stop in the village

By Josh Howald

What Ripley lacks in size, it makes up in spirit.

Ripley's Taryn Fry and father Steve compete at Weskate Sunday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)


That was what organizers behind Weskate’s first ever stop in the village said Sunday afternoon.

An estimated 2,000 people were in Ripley over the weekend for the Weskate - Skate Canada’s Central Ontario Western Area Competition.

“I think our count had us at 371 skaters (competing) over the weekend,” smiled Amy Fry, president of the Ripley-Huron Skating Club. “You could say it was a small challenge.”

Willow West howling about coyotes

By Josh Howald

Coyotes are invading Willow West.

The Municipality of Kincardine and the Owen Sound office of the Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed Monday they have been received numerous complaints regarding coyotes in the subdivision at the south end of Kincardine.

Willow West resident Jennifer Hunsburger said in an E-mail that she has seen the animals on numerous occasions, and was circled by one as she walked her dog at the end of Park Street on Jan. 3. The same day, a neighbour spotted a coyote running down the middle of Murray Blvd. in front of their home. Yet another coyote was spotted Jan. 4 standing in the middle of Kincardine Ave. and Fraser Street (the entrance to Willow West). Another reader stopped in to say they had seen coyotes near the edge of the road as well on Jan. 4. There has also been a coyote sightings in Tiverton, near the community centre.

2013 Kincardine Fall Fair in danger of being cancelled

New executive members needed for Kincardine Agricultural Society

By Barb McKay


There could be no fall fair this year if the Kincardine Agricultural Society is unable to recruit new members to its executive.


Outgoing secretary Betty Jean White said the Ag Society is in need of a few dedicated volunteers, but there are a couple of priorities.


“What we really need is at least one vice president, though two would be nice,” she said. “We need a secretary or some one who could assist the secretary.”


Municipality taking over maintenance of Bruce Power training centre

By Barb McKay

Kincardine will handle future maintenance of the Bruce Power training centre.

Council agreed at its meeting last Wednesday to amend the municipality’s lease agreement with Bruce Power to take over exterior maintenance of its training facility, which is the former W.E. Thompson Public School. Bruce Power will pay $8,000 annually to the municipality, as well as five per cent of any leasehold improvement costs.

“We’re in very good shape,” said Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke. “Bruce Power is quite happy with the current arrangement and I think the compensation is quite reasonable.”

Ripley second at Weskate

Megan Lowry won a silver medal at Weskate to help the Ripley-Huron Skating Club to a second overall finish at Weskate, hosted by the club on the weekend. For more on Weskate, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Game on!

Two-and-a-half year old Addison Smith didn't need the NHL to enjoy hockey, but was still pleased to hear the NHL lockout ended Sunday morning. As you can tell from the hat, Addie is a huge Pittsburgh fan. (Josh Howald photo)

Ontario approves teacher contracts

Good faith between province and teachers is gone, says ETFO Bluewater president

By Barb McKay


Having contracts imposed by the Ontario Minister of Education came like a blow from a hammer, according to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario president.


Nancy Lawler told The Independent Monday that although teachers knew that the province could use its new legislation, Bill 115, to implement collective agreements, the announcement last Thursday from Education Minister Laurel Broten’s office came as a surprise.


“ETFO had offered a peace plan before the holidays saying we wouldn’t take any further action until a new Premier was in power,” she said.

Ditched driver snaps

Lucknow man faces seven charges after car ditched

Last week in The Kincardine Independent, a photograph of a white Oldsmobile Alero in the ditch was featured on the front page.

As of press time, police had not released any information about the crash. As it turns out, there is much more to that story – a Lucknow man is now facing multiple charges stemming from a wild half-hour behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile Alero.

The car - involved  in two hit-and-runs prior to landing in the Highway #21 ditch -  appeared on the front page of last week's Independent. (Josh Howald photo)