Joel Cranston, 3, and Madison, 5, anxiously wait for Kincardine's Santa Claus Parade to begin Saturday evening. (Barb McKay photo)

First week of Festive RIDE gets results

The annual Festive RIDE campaign, which started Nov. 24, has already made an impact on area roadways.

The South-Bruce OPP is using all available personnel to participate in the province-wide RIDE checkpoints which will be highly-visible throughout the holiday season. Locally, seven charges were laid during the first week.

In Kincardine, one driver was charged under the compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. One driver in Walkerton was charged under the same Act. An 18-year old Carrick Twp man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being stopped in Walkerton, while a Huron Twp man, 23, was charged with the same thing after being stopped in Huron Twp. In Tiverton, one driver was charged for expired validation on license plate and one driver charged for failing to wear a seatbelt.

Bluewater elementary teachers take legal strike action

 By Barb McKay


Teachers with the Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) are preparing to commence work to rule.


Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) Bluewater president Nancy Lawler confirmed Monday that full-time and occasional teachers will begin legal strike action Thursday.


“In Bluewater we are in a legal strike position as of Dec. 6,” she said in a telephone interview with The Independent.


Singers hit stage Saturday

The Kincardine Community Singers practiced last Wednesday night for their upcoming Christmas concert "Rejoice", which will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available for $12 at Jerome Flowers and Gifts and The VIllage Flower Shop, Ripley. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine hospital hosts student volunteer conference

By Barb McKay


Kincardine high school students got a taste of what it would be like to be a health care professional last month.


The student volunteer program, formerly known as Candy Stripers, has been run through the Kincardine hospital auxiliary for the past several decades. For the past three years, an annual student conference has been held on a PD Day in November at the Kincardine hospital.


Angus the reindeer

Angus the border collie sports his reindeer antlers at the Kincardine Santa Claus Parade Saturday evening. (Barb McKay photo)

Santa visits Ripley

Briar Pollock, 2, warmed up to Santa Claus Sunday evening at Ripley's Christmas in the Country event. A large crowd turned out to see the parade, eat chili and hot dogs, drink hot chocolate and see Santa himself. Kincardine's Santa Claus Parade is this Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Josh Howald photo)

Inspiring the community

Bruce Power CEO donates $100,000 to Community Living improvements

By Josh Howald

Bruce Power CEO Duncan Hawthorne put his money where his mouth is.

The keynote speaker at Saturday night’s dinner and silent auction for Community Living followed up his inspiring, entertaining speech on community involvement by making a personal donation of $100,000.

Duncan Hawthorne speaks Saturday evening at the Davidson Centre Hall. (Josh Howald photo)

Kincardine food bank sees record numbers

Getting hungry


By Barb McKay


As temperatures dip and heating bills rise more and more people are lining up for the Kincardine food bank.


In October 84 clients used the food bank at the Anglican Church of the Messiah. A client can be an individual or a family and in fact there have been 51 families, including more than 80 children, and 33 single adults who used the food bank that month.


“That’s the highest we’ve ever seen,” said food bank co-coordinator Pat Stewart.


Kincardine looks to potentially unload Annex building

By Barb McKay


The Queen Street building known as the Annex will soon be offered up to interested developers and community groups.