Apartments at New Seasons allowed in bid to increase traffic downtown

By Barb McKay


Allowing the owners of New Seasons Restaurant on Queen Street to convert the restaurant’s banquet room into apartments will benefit the downtown core, said Kincardine councillor Jacqueline Faubert.


Faubert was just one of several councillors who agreed that allowing owner Stephen Quon to convert the banquet room into two apartments could only help to improve traffic to downtown businesses and eateries.


“It makes sense to use our infrastructure to our best advantage to benefit the downtown core,” said councillor Ron Coristine.


Power outage attributed to Hydro One failure

By Barb McKay


A power outage Friday that knocked out power to most homes and businesses in Kincardine was caused by a loss of supply from Hydro One, according to Westario’s president.


Lisa Milne said the outage lasted no longer than two and a half hours, starting at around 10:30 a.m.

“As soon as Hydro One was able to switch customers back to another feeder, power was restored,” she said.


CWOSSA champs

Overtime winner sends KDSS to provincial tournament

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team will play for a provincial championship.

The KDSS girls have qualified for the provincial high school championships. (submitted photo)

An overtime goal by Hannah Davidson lifted the Knights to a CWOSSA championship and a berth at the OFSAA tournament later this month in Stratford.

“I was just going hard to the net, and (Morgan Padfield’s) rebound ended up right on my stick,” said Davidson Friday afternoon. “I just buried it, and that was that.”

Midgets shut out in OMHA opener

Game 2 of All-Ontario finals Friday night in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The Miller Insurance midgets will have to regroup for Game 2 of the All-Ontario championship series Friday night at home.

Kincardine was shut out 3-0 in Game 1 of the OMHA finals Sunday evening in Penetang. Following the game, the coaching staff said it was one the worst efforts put forth by this midget team in the playoffs so far. That is cause for concern, but also optimism.

“We didn’t play well at all,” said head coach Steve Stepaniak Sunday night. “But we still could have won this game. We hit a few posts. Penetang scored with two minutes left to make it the score 2-0, and then added the third goal into an empty net.”

Candy bowls

More than $33, 300 brought in for BBBS

Councillour Candy Hewitt gets ready to toss a blowing ball at the 26th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Kincardine and District Bowl For Kids Sake on the weekend. (Barb McKa photo)

Happy 102nd!

Rose Cowley celebrated her 102nd birthday last Tuesday, March 1, at Trillium Court in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

ARC options focus on school closures, transfer of students

By Barb McKay


Four out of seven options presented by the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) during a public meeting held Thursday involve closing schools.


Human trafficking hits close to home

Teens heading to Vancouver

By Barb McKay


It is entirely possible that human trafficking is occurring closer to home than Kincardine residents may realize, says a retired RCMP officer with decades of experience fighting the world’s second largest economic crime.


Midgets soar to Game 5 win

Will face Penetang in OMHA finals

Jacob Siekierski flies through the air and sends the puck into the Strathroy net Sunday night at the Davidson Centre. This goal was Siekierski's second goal in Game 5 of the OMHA semi-finals. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Game 5 tonight

Midgets host Strathroy at 7:15

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midgets could clinch a berth in the All-Ontario finals tonight at home.

Kincardine earned a come-from-behind 3-1 win Friday night on the road to stave off elimination in Game 4 of the OMHA midget semi-final series.

The coaching staff called Game 4 the team's best performance of the season. Kincardine trailed 1-0 heading into the third period, but dominated the third to win the game. Chris Beattie scored twice, including the game winner, and Gerrit Satosek sealed the game with an empty net goal.

It's been a tight, back-and-forth series, with this 3-1 game the widest margin of victory. Kincardine won Game 1, but Strathroy took Games 2 and 3 before Friday night's win by Kincardine.

Tonight's game begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The other OMHA semi-final series is also tonight, with Glandbrook and Penetang also playing a Game 5.