Expect a mild start to fall, says Environment Canada


By Barb McKay


Kincardine can expect to see warmer than average temperatures this month and possibly into October, according to an Environment Canada climatologist.


David Phillips told The Independent last week that while early fall temperatures won’t be equivalent to July heat, they will be higher than normal.


“What we see ahead is more of the summer,” he said. “I think we have another month. My sense is there is a lot of heat left in the lake and the land and it will be extracted in the atmosphere.”

Horsin' around

Mariss Taylor makes her saddle horse lie down Saturday during the horse trick show at the Kincardine Fall Fair. Taylor wowed with a number of impressive tricks at Connaught Park. For more on the fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Zehrs Kincardine picks up formula drive for quadruplets

Independent raises $2,500

By Barb McKay


Zehrs Kincardine is teaming up with The Independent to continue the formula drive for the Coutts family.


After hearing about the four little bundles of joy, welcomed by Adam, Shannon and Delaney Coutts, of Tiverton, Zehrs management contacted The Independent to see what the store could do to help out. A table is now set up inside the store where patrons can drop off donations of formula, diapers and gift cards towards the purchase of those items.


The Independent formula drive, which wrapped up Friday, raised more than $2,500 in cash, gift card and product donations for the family.


On a roll

Conor Kraemer and Stephanie Farrell work hard in the hay bale rolling competition at the Fall Fair Saturday. Their efforts paid off, with a first place finish in the event. For more photos from Kincardine's 162nd Fall Fair, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

Schools flooded with new students as full-day kindergarten implemented

 By Barb McKay

Kincardine and area schools are seeing an influx of new students as full-day kindergarten programs are implemented.

St. Anthony’s School

St. Anthony’s School has registered 50 new junior kindergarten students. Principal Keith Walsh said those students plus senior kindergarteners now make up a quarter of the school’s population, which goes to Grade 8. The school has hired a new teacher, along with two new educational assistants.

“Most schools have declining enrollments and we’re going up,” he said.

Harbour Beach visitors impressed with Kincardine’s assets

By Barb McKay


A weekend tour of Kincardine has given officials from Harbour Beach, Michigan ideas to take home.



Cubs are OBA champs

Kincardine puts it all together at the right time

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs are All-Ontario champions.

The Kincardine Cubs celebrate in Wyoming following the OBA championship game. (submitted photo)


In recent season, Kincardine has had enough talent to field an OBA champion, but something always seemed to go wrong. Injuries, players leaving for school and general defensive sloppiness have seemed to leave the Cubs just short of their goal.

Tall welcome

Peter Humble of the Tall Ships welcoming committee greets the crew of the STV Pathfinder as it sails into Kincardine Harbour on Thursday. The ship, along with the TS Playfair of the Toronto Brigantine, spent the weekend in the harbour before heading back to Toronto on Monday morning. (Barb McKay photo)

22nd annual Gathering of the Bands one of the biggest yet


By Barb McKay


This year’s Gathering of the Bands was one of most successful in its 22-year history, according to the event’s organizer.


Norm Annetts told The Independent Monday that he is thrilled with how well the event went from start to finish.


“It was one of the biggest crowds we have ever had,” he said, estimating that more than 2,500 came out to Victoria Park in the afternoon and many more attended the mass pipe band parade in the evening. “It was a great day. I think it was really successful.”

New Kincardine signage part of municipality’s tourism efforts

By Barb McKay


Visitors to Kincardine should have no trouble finding their way around.


The new blue signs that have popped up around the municipality in the last couple of weeks, however, have raised the curiosity of a number of locals who have come into The Independent office looking for answers.